Drama. In a daring cat and mouse chase, will Tommy be outwitted by his enemies? With the return of an old friend, Tommy tries to distract himself with other pursuits.
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We're in the middle of a vendetta. We need Luca Changretta dead!
-We used to come here.
-Some girl before France. What is that you want?
I want you to help my son achieve his ambition.
-What do you have?
Arthur Shelby killed her son in a boxing ring.
There's 15 Italians out there.
There's 13, I just killed two of them.
The boy in the hospital's out of bounds.
And I'll ask you to spare Finn and Arthur.
In return for what?
Good morning, Mrs Ross.
Have a seat.
Thank you for seeing me, Mr Shelby. I know how busy you are.
How can I help you?
Well, you see, tomorrow would have been my son's 21st birthday...
..had he lived.
And I'm having a bit of a thing -
just sandwiches and beer and looking at old photos.
And, as a gesture...
..I thought I would invite your brother, Arthur.
A gesture of what, Mrs Ross?
Not exactly forgiveness.
But something like that.
And also it's a way of saying thank you to the Shelby family
for helping me and my children get by since the death of my Edward.
That's very kind of you.
That's very kind.
I will let Arthur know.
It'll be at my house at midday.
He should come at midday.
Your house, midday tomorrow, all right.
One of us will be there.
It ought to be Arthur.
Goodbye, Mrs Ross.
MUSIC: Snake Oil by Foals
All right, at midday today, Arthur will be here.
47 Artillery Square.
-Like a goat tied up for the fucking tiger, eh, Arthur?
Dear Lord, forgive me.
But vengeance is forthcoming...
..and long overdue.
Right. There are two ways into Artillery Square.
One here, the towpath, and here, Navigation Street.
Finn, take a rifle.
You'll be here, Finn, covering the towpath.
Most likely, they'll come down Navigation Street.
Johnny and Isaiah will set up here as hawkers, selling stolen pork.
-When you get the signal from me, you can open fire.
-From you, eh?
Yep, I'll be here, in a window, overlooking.
You still know what end the bullets come out of, Tom?
But these men are coming for my brother,
believing him to be unarmed and unprotected.
So, this is my fucking business.
Arthur, let's go.
Keep alive, soldier.
Just put them on the table.
Buy yourself bacon here, ribs,
cheek and tongue!
Plenty of trotter.
Ribs, tongue and cheek, huh?
I'm glad you could come.
Thank you for the invitation.
I don't allow firearms in the house.
It's a good thing I'm not carrying a firearm, then, ain't it, Mrs Ross.
Do you mind if I check?
Take a seat.
Would you like some tea while we wait, Mr Shelby?
What are we waiting for?
The other guests.
Threepence for the four, huh? >
So, where are these other guests?
They will be here very soon.
But in the meantime, there are some things I want to say...
..before they get here.
By all means.
I've heard stories that you have welcomed Jesus into your life.
I have indeed.
At the beseeching of your wife... who they say is a good woman.
She is my shining light.
Though her mother, by all accounts, was not.
Do you think your repentance will mean you are forgiven of your sins?
We both know that forgiveness is out of my hands.
I mean, for murdering my son.
That was a sporting accident.
Because I have not yet found it in my heart to forgive you.
And don't think I ever will.
Well, then, why have you invited me here today?
Off you go now.
Why am I here, Mrs Ross?
Why did you invite me here today?
Too late to back out now! >
-Now, Johnny, fire!
It's a fucking decoy...
Bring the car round! Now!
What are you doing?
They're not here for you!
It must be Michael!
You set me up, eh?
-You set me up!
-Arthur, you need to get to the hospital now!
If your faith is real,
I've got other kids.
If you're here in one hour,
I swear to God...
..I will cover you in tar and fucking feathers.
Come on, Finn, let's go!
Where I'm from,
a hat on the bed's unlucky.
..say it brings death.
..maybe that's what happened...
Last time my man was sent for you, you got lucky.
..your luck's run out.
HE PRAYS SOFTLY
And tell your mother...
..we have a deal.
What happened, eh? What happened?
They heard you, er, heard you coming.
The gun misfired.
They ran away.
You came just in time.
You all right? You all right?
Yeah, I'm fine.
Oi! Get out!
Small Heath, 333.
Listen, Bonnie Gold will be calling in four minutes.
Tell him the Italians are on the road south.
A Rolls-Royce. Maybe two. Black.
Tell him to expect a full complement of men.
We inflicted no casualties.
I said, we inflicted no fucking casualties.
There's been an accident.
-Why don't you move it out of the way?
I said, why don't you clear it, so that we can get past?
What's that accent?
We're here on business.
Well, you're going to have to wait.
We waited for you fucking Yanks until 1918.
-It'll be clear in 20 minutes, all right?
-Yeah, all right.
Thank you, Officer.
Thank... Fucking hell.
Talking about the war.
Everything here is about the war.
Right, come on, let's go move it ourselves. Fucking idiots!
What's this? Whose wagon is that?
A tribe of fucking gypsies.
-Well, we can move it...
I said, it will be clear in 20 minutes.
We'll find another way out of here.
Get us the fuck out of here!
Come on, fucking move!
Make a fucking move!
Put the guns down! Put the guns down!
-He spared me.
He said, "Tell your mum that we have a deal."
Just be you and me going to Australia, Michael.
Think about that.
What deal, Mum?
What deal did you make with Luca Changretta?
A deal to spare your life.
In return for what?
Men don't have the strategic intelligence
to conduct a war between families.
Men are less good at keeping secrets out of their lies.
You've agreed to give up Tommy...
..to save my life.
You never forgave him, did you?
We're out of our league.
No, we don't do that to our own.
Think - if it wasn't for me,
you'd be smoke blowing out of a mortuary chimney.
Think about that.
We killed two.
You also shot a copper.
Shot in the arm.
There's a copper on the floor,
the Stratford Constabulary will swarm all over it.
The copper's alive - got a description of the Italians.
The Italians will be forced underground.
We're already underground.
You, yourself, inflicted no casualties this end, so...
You know, Mr Shelby...
..maybe you've been pushing pieces of paper around too long.
Luca Changretta got away.
You let him get away.
When our paths cross, I won't be so careless.
And when will your paths cross?
If Her Majesty smells of paraffin,
it's because my old lamp is smoking for want of fuel.
Times are hard, in case you hadn't noticed.
I hope your insistence that I take a boat,
rather than a cab, from the station,
wasn't purely for your own amusement.
No. For the avoidance of death or kidnap.
And by boat, you get to see the nicer parts of a city.
You're in The Garrison now, so you'll be all right. This way.
Morning, Lady Carleton.
I'm not a lady.
Too right, you're not.
For shoeing, stabling, feed, and two hours a day in the gallops.
Did you think of a name?
A horse called Dangerous won the Epsom Derby in 1833.
So, I stole the name.
-I thought you'd approve.
-You should visit her.
-If I leave Small Heath, I'll be shot dead.
Anyway, I'm busy.
Well, the good news is your horse is the fastest filly
that I've ever ridden.
These are her registration papers.
Ready for your signature.
So, is this why you came here?
All this way, in person.
For my fucking signature?
You've lost your wife...
..and now your brother, too.
I thought it would make you different.
But it doesn't seem to change you.
Nothing seems to change you.
The end-of-year accounts for the Grace Shelby Institute, Mr Shelby.
Begging pardon, madam.
I've already signed off on those, Lizzie.
What do you think of his shirt?
He's having them made in London.
I'm not sure about them.
All right, Lizzie, thank you.
But, you know, sometimes he sees something glamorous and expensive
and he just can't resist it. He's so weak.
Actually, speaking of the Grace Shelby Foundation...
..I'd like to make a donation.
SHE CLEARS THROAT
I'll leave it blank.
You can decide how much, Mr Shelby.
Then, perhaps, Lizzie...?
You can pop to the bank and pay it in for me.
That'll be all, Lizzie, thank you.
No, thank you.
Did you pack an overnight bag?
Well, because 25 minutes ago,
the Birmingham branch of the Train Drivers' Union
called a wildcat strike in support of the coalminers.
No trains to London until tomorrow.
It wasn't in any of the papers.
That's why they call it a wildcat.
Apart from you, of course.
So, where will I stay in your city?
I'll be free at four. I could meet you then.
Meet and do what?
I will pour you some gin...
..that I make myself, from my father's recipe.
Distilled for the eradication of seemingly incurable sadness.
Going to put that on the label.
I'll book myself a room.
Already done. The Midland. A suite.
I stay there myself sometimes.
Sometimes it's where you stay.
But not tonight, it would seem.
Well, since I'm stuck here, maybe I should try your gin.
Four o'clock, then.
I'll find you.
What the fuck was that about, Lizzie, eh?
Have a guess.
You know what, I can't even guess any more. I'll be back at four.
Why is she still here?
Something to do with the coalminers, apparently.
Today is your lucky day, sir.
Give you three to one on Raging Robbers.
Come on, gents, get your bets on!
Small Heath, 552.
..I wanted to illustrate to you
that, at any time, we can reach your son.
And we will kill your son...
..if you cannot deliver Tommy Shelby as you promised, huh?
You just tell us where and when.
And we'll do the rest.
Where is he?
-She left it blank. So, I filled it in for her.
What's Tommy's diary looking like for the rest of the week?
Fuck Tommy and his cock and his gin...
..and his stuck-up whore.
I saved this. Read my leaves, Pol.
You haven't done my leaves in ages.
I haven't done anyone's leaves for ages.
Swirl the teacup.
Think about the man you love.
Think about your white wedding gown.
Now, pour the tea back into the pot.
OK, I'll read your tea leaves,
if you go and get Tommy's diary.
See if Tommy's got a free afternoon in the next seven days.
Now, read my future and make it fucking good.
Make sure he keeps it free.
-Just read my leaves, Pol.
-I already have.
Plain as day.
What are you doing?
Stop drinking whisky. Switch to stout.
Make sure Tommy keeps that Friday free.
Tell him I have an appointment for him.
And then go and see a doctor about that baby in your tea leaves.
You're not at the fucking fairground now, son,
get down and skip me 200 for taking the piss out of a fine fighter.
-He's got a head on him, that boy.
-And a fist.
So, what do you say, Mr Maine?
He works hard. He's game.
I'll need to work on his defence.
Right now, his left hand is just good for wanking...
You don't have to earn your money.
-We're paying you anyway. Is he ready?
-Is he even registered?
I put him down as a welterweight, Midlands Division.
Amateur turning pro.
Just need your countersignature.
What, like, I'm going to say "no" to you boys...
Just tell us, is he ready?
In 30 years, I've never seen a raw boy so ready.
And that's 200, Mr Maine!
So, who am I fighting first, Mr Shelby?
When you step in the ring, Bonnie,
who do you see across the canvas, eh?
I see myself.
40 years old having done fuck all except tramping the lanes.
I see my life wasted.
I won't let it happen.
Me, I'm going to be a champion.
Karna kova booti's kerred,
tute will vel the kralis of the poov Romany chal.
Fight out at Camden Town.
Boy's name is Goliath.
He said he's at a meeting.
Yes, I was wondering, do you have any boots that I could borrow?
-Why do you need boots?
-Well, no-one here will speak to me.
So, I thought I'd take a walk by the canal.
Is he really making gin?
He's going mad cooped up here, is what he is.
Like a wasp in a beer glass.
You'll look a bit funny in these, I think.
Oh, thank you, Curly.
If you're going to take a walk along the canal, you'll also need this.
Are you serious?
Italians north, Italians south.
He makes gin to take his mind off being stuck inside a prison.
If you had any sense, Mrs Carleton, you'd get out of here now.
Curly can sail you to Snow Hill Station, hidden in the coal sacks.
I said I would wait.
The man you're waiting for doesn't exist.
Wh-while you're waiting for the man who doesn't exist,
would you like to try some of his gin?
The strikers blocked the Coventry Road,
made all the men get off the buses.
Where were the police?
They were busy.
Apparently, there was a report of armed men in the Small Heath area,
and there was a murder at the Summer Lane hospital
and something happening on the Stratford Road.
The strikers threatened the men's families.
They said, come the revolution, their names would be on a list.
Like in Russia.
And the buses turned round.
Yes. They turned round.
..factories are shut,
mines are shut,
coal's running out.
Did you ever consider the possibility
that the communists might win?
And you and me, traitors to our class,
will be put up against a wall and shot.
As a businessman...
..I consider all possibilities.
But, Mr Devlin...
..I'm not a traitor to my class.
Small Heath, 551.
I am just an extreme example of what a working man can achieve.
Hello, Ada, it's me.
I need your help.
# Hole in her sock where her toe poked through... #
What do you think?
Nice. A little sweet.
I've heard not sweet enough.
Come and see.
My God, Tommy.
What is this, a hobby?
No. I don't really have time for hobbies.
This is more of a...
..more of a place where I try things out.
I decided, if I'm going to be stuck here in Small Heath,
I might as well do something useful...
Less of a hobby.
More of a venture.
Since the start of Prohibition,
I've been sending single malt Scotch whisky
to Boston, to Halifax, Nova Scotia,
hidden in crates of car parts.
But my supply lines from Scotland have been unreliable,
there's been a lot of thefts.
And in this modern age,
American women drink as much booze as the men.
And women, apparently, prefer gin.
So, with the help of a friend of mine in Camden Town,
I've set up my own source of supply.
..sugar and water.
All turned into US dollars.
When we're up and running, we'll produce over 200 gallons a week.
But before then...
..I need to get my recipe right.
So, tell me the truth.
You're unlike any man I have ever met.
And the gin?
You said you'd booked a room.
No, I booked a suite.
If you book a taxi, I'll go.
You're a businessman, Tommy. A good one.
If only you could...
If only I could what?
"If only you could change"? Go on, say it!
If only you could change the bad.
And "the good" is laying off 1,000 men.
Which I do, like a good businessman.
And I do it like that.
HE CLICKS FINGERS
And people go hungry.
And the bad... The bad's a fucking win on the horses and a gun
and some fucking self-respect.
You fucking people...!
You bite like your horse.
We don't trust taxis any more.
Come with me.
There you go, brother.
Home sweet home.
A place for you to bring women back, bring your mates.
Play games, gamble, cards... And you keep an eye on our back yard.
It's Artillery Square,
the place is full of communists and strikers.
Having a Shelby round here will keep them in order.
Light the fucking fire.
Take some of this shit off the walls.
Curly'll be over later with some poison for the rats.
..I wouldn't have been able to pull that trigger. I know I wouldn't.
They would have just walked past.
I'm not John.
-I know I'm not.
All right, brother.
I know you're not.
In the end, it's God who pulls that fucking trigger anyway.
We don't get to decide who lives and who dies, Finn.
You just have to flick a switch...
..in your head.
Charlie said it wasn't safe to walk by the canal.
"Italians north and south," he said.
Nah, it's mostly chancers.
Local kids trying to get famous.
Sheffield boys. Manchester, Glasgow.
They all know we're on the ropes.
And that's not including the Mafia.
Here's your carriage.
You can catch the 7.15 train.
I thought there was a strike.
What gave you that idea?
I know. The bad I can't help.
I wanted you to stay.
Normally, I get me own way.
Losing, occasionally, makes me worse.
Thank you, Curly.
She looks a picture in my boots, doesn't she, Tom?
Walk her to the train, Curly.
-Not a minute on the day, not a penny off the pay.
This talk of national austerity,
this talk of tightening our belts
must be met with resolute certainty.
We will not accept any cuts in pay.
We will not accept working longer hours for the same wage!
Shoulder to shoulder with the coalminers, dock workers,
railway men and steel workers,
we will stand united through the storm
that is surely coming to our city!
I'd like to buy you a drink.
I'm afraid the pubs around here don't allow unaccompanied female drinkers.
I'm sure we'll be fine.
I know you from somewhere.
I'm Ada Thorne.
I have a settlement proposition
that my brother's too arrogant and proud to offer to you in person.
HUM OF CONVERSATION
Sorry, ladies, we don't...
It's all right. I'm sorry. I didn't...
"What are you drinking, ladies?" That's what you're supposed to say.
Er, what are you drinking?
And a whisky on ice.
I'm afraid we don't have ice.
Next time make sure you have ice.
This pub's come to our attention for its lack of ice.
There's more than one way to achieve equality.
Before you begin to congratulate yourself,
I'm not impressed with your power to terrify people.
Whereas I am impressed by your ability to stand up
in front of an audience and speak.
I was never able to do it.
I've heard people talk about you.
You used to advocate armed revolution...
Shelby Company Limited is prepared to offer parity
for male and female workers across all the factories in our ownership
and withdraw the pay cut for men.
In return for what?
In return for something very unusual.
But very typical of my brother.
What does he want?
To sit down with you and talk.
If he withdraws his pay cut, we've no need to talk.
He wants to talk about socialism and revolution.
Dear God, are you serious?
My brother's a bookmaker.
Bookmakers hedge their bets.
Sometimes long shots come in.
And because we emptied his buses today,
he thinks we are among the runners and riders?
Beneath it all, my brother's a very rational man.
Beneath all what? You mean, beneath the beatings,
-the cuttings, the shootings, the murders...
-Yeah. Beneath all that.
Tell your brother that, when we take power,
all means of production will be owned by the workers.
Essential industries will be taken into state control.
Birmingham Town Hall is a rather beautiful building
and we plan to preserve it.
What else does he need to know?
It's going to happen.
Aren't you a bit sorry you jumped ship too soon?
He wants to take you for dinner.
I really have nothing to wear.
You'd need to wear boots.
He's suggesting dinner in a scrap metal yard.
He said you'd appreciate the sentiment.
If you don't show up, the offer of parity is withdrawn.
-This is not how you conduct union business.
..we must all make personal sacrifices for the good of the good old cause.
VEHICLE PULLS UP
Fucking hell, it smells of pig round here, don't it?
Definitely not kosher.
"Come to Small Heath,
"you will go to hell... for fucking breathing."
-Where is everyone?
-CAR DOOR OPENS
-Stretch your legs, treacle...
-CAR SPRINGS GROAN
Fuck me, looks like he's grown since we left London.
-He's like a mushroom, in't he? He grows in the dark.
-I need a piss.
Do ya? Yeah, well, the place is a shithole.
Yeah, so, why don't you just knock yourself out?
Where is everyone?
Ishmael, please, will you hit the call to prayer?
CAR HORN HONKS
Well, hit it!
Thank you. Thank you.
-Yeah, it is, it is.
So, how come everybody's in fucking bed?
So, this must be Goliath.
Let me introduce you to David.
This way, boys.
I assume that David's out of bed?!
Oh, right, the problem, right, between rum and gin, yeah,
is that gin, right, it leads to the melancholy.
Whereas rum incites violence,
it also allows you to be liberated from your self-doubt.
I hear you're probably more in need of the old rum
at the moment, rather than gin, mate.
Oh, dear. Brother, you've got fucking starlings, mate.
You know that? That shit will rot your pipework.
-These bastards only understand one language...
-It's all right, Alfie.
There is no need.
It's all right, I'm, er... I'm getting a kestrel.
I hear that you've got Italians, mate.
-You got a kestrel for them and all?
I'll have a kestrel for them, as well.
Well, everything is confirmed, in't it?
Yeah, weakness behind the eyes,
didn't to blink too much, all right?
You smell of smoke
and coal and horses.
You are back where you belong, Tommy.
I know you don't touch it. But you have a good nose.
Right, well, you've got to ask yourself, seriously, though,
you know, did I even want to piss and shit indoors?
Or was I actually born that I were to defecate in fields
and the outhouses. This is a serious issue though, Tommy.
Cos your people, your class
and my religion is quiet similar actually
because you just cannot wash it out,
right, because it come out your mother's tits.
The Americans want it sweeter.
What have you heard, Alfie?
-I heard a copper got shot. Who shot him?
Right, I'll up the stakes, very good.
Where are the Sicilians?
They're still using Sabini for vehicles and for places to stay.
they're Sicilians, aren't they, they don't trust nobody
who ain't fucked a goat on the morning of their first pubic hair.
They've got traditions.
-How many are here?
Enough to drop a man who wrapped his balls in an OBE till they fell off.
Well, the real question is, Alfie,
which side are you playing for, eh?
What kind of world is it to bring up children
when your own mate can ask you that question, hey?
But the truth is, Tommy, you're going to be fucking dead soon.
Yeah, and then, your starlings, right,
they will peck out your blue eyes, won't they,
and the jackdaws, they will steal your gold and your medals,
and pretty soon, it'll be as if
you'd never even fucking happened, right?
-Tommy, here... There are men approaching.
-Yeah, let 'em pass.
Right, you tell Darby Sabini from me,
that if the Italians win, they're not planning on leaving.
After me, it'll be him,
then you, then the Titanic.
They're the fucking Mafia, Alfie.
They've come here and can't believe our coppers are unarmed.
They can distil their liquor and it's not against the law.
They've come here and they like what they see.
They're coming and they're here to stay.
Mr Shelby? We've come to talk purse for the fight.
Your kestrel? Hm?
Tommy, when a pikey walks in with hair like that,
you've got to ask yourself, "Have I made a mistake?"
-Who the fuck are you?
-Who the fuck am I?
Who the fuck is this?
I, my friend...
I am the uncle, the protector and the promoter
of that fucking thing right there,
in whose shadow nothing good nor godly will ever fucking grow.
That, there, right, is the Southern Counties Welterweight Champion.
He is of mixed religion, therefore he is godless.
He was adopted by Satan himself,
before he was returned out of fear of his awkwardness,
he is impossible to marry off, due to his lethal dimensions.
his mother terrified, she's fucking abandoned him.
And there he is, stood before you,
like the first of some brand-new fucking species!
Any man that you put before him,
right, it'd be like entering a fucking threshing machine, mate.
Now...will you offer your son?
Name the day, Mr Shelby.
-That's me finished for the weekend, Tommy?
Your mother wants me to go to the Foundation. Prize-giving.
Have a good weekend.
MUSIC: Beat The Devil's Tattoo by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
# On a gathering storm
# Comes a tall, handsome man
# In a dusty, black coat
# With a red right hand. #
The Peaky Blinders are lured by the Italians into a cat-and-mouse chase on the streets of Birmingham, where it becomes clear that Tommy has met his match. Trapped in Small Heath, Tommy tries to console himself with a visit from an old flame but it soon becomes clear that he can't always get what he wants.
As his factory lies idle, Tommy confronts the possibility that the Communists might win and he will be deemed a traitor to his class. Meanwhile, Changretta prepares to spring another trap.