LONDON — The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. television and SVOD distribution rights to British period gangster series “Peaky Blinders,” which is produced by Caryn Mandabach (“Nurse Jackie”), created by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”), and stars Cillian Murphy.
The deal, which was inked by distributor Endemol, covers the first three seasons, with an option to acquire further seasons.
The series premiered on BBC Two on Sept. 12 and has achieved an average all audience consolidated viewing figure of approximately 2.4 million across the series, and an average market share of 9.54%, which is an increase of 13.3% on the channel benchmark for the time period.
The series is set in England’s second biggest city, Birmingham, in 1919, and centers on the Shelby family, who lead a feared gang called the Peaky Blinders, named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Until now they have made money from illegal bookmaking, protection and the black market, but when a crate of guns goes missing from the local arms factory, Thomas Shelby (Murphy) sees an opportunity to move up in the world.
The cast includes Sam Neill, Helen McCrory (“Hugo,” “Harry Potter”) and Annabelle Wallis (“Snow White and the Huntsman”).
The second season of the skein, which is produced by Caryn Mandabach Production and Tiger Aspect Production, will start production in January.