PEAKY BLINDERS II script
PEAKY BLINDERS II  Season #3 Episode #18 (2013)
Synopsis: Peaky Blinders is a British television crime drama based upon the exploits of the Peaky Blinders gang, operating in Birmingham, England during the aftermath of the First World War. The series was created by Steven Knight and produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. The series centres around and stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, the gang's leader, and Sam Neill as a commissioned detective tasked with the suppression of the gang.

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©Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions 2014

PBII - Ep 1 - Steven Knight - SHOOTING SCRIPT - 20/02/14 p.1

1 OPEN ON BLACK - FLASHBACK 1 1

Then...

A 1919 penny spinning in darkness in slow motion, glinting inlight. It spins slowly enough for us to glimpse the King’shead spinning through shot three times...

2 INT. BETTING SHOP, ARTHUR’S OFFICE (1919)- NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1

We see the spinning coin in the air above Tommy’s head, takenfrom the final sequence of series one, episode six.

The coin continues to spin. A whistle is blown on a trainplatform. Suddenly...

2

3 INT. TRAIN STATION (1919) - NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1

We cut into the existing scene from series one. Again wewitness Campbell taking Grace by surprise as she is about toboard a train. Campbell pulls a gun. The train hisses

steam...

3

4 INT. BETTING SHOP, ARTHUR’S OFFICE (1919)- NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1

Silence. The coin spins for just two seconds...

4

5 INT. TRAIN STATION (1919) - NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1

Campbell points the gun at Grace. Grace reacts, and, withjust a flicker of her eyes, we infer she is not going to goquietly.

Campbell doesn’t know if she is armed and almost challengesher to go for her gun. Grace doesn’t move. She knows that ifCampbell wants to do this straight away she has no chance.

But he hesitates.

5

6 INT. BETTING SHOP, ARTHUR’S OFFICE (1919)- NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1

Silence, the coin spins for two seconds more.

6

7 INT. TRAIN STATION (1919) - NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1

Then, loudly, we hear another platform whistle and hear thehissing of the train as it prepares to depart.

Campbell’s resolve appears to weaken. For a moment there is astruggle inside his head. Grace sees it. She speaks softly,

almost as a compliment...

GRACE:

Vengeance is not your lord.

7

(CONT'D)

PBII - Ep 1 - Steven Knight - SHOOTING SCRIPT - 20/02/14 p.2

7 CONT'D:
7

Campbell still has the gun pointed. Then a darker impulse

takes over. He appears to have made a decision. Finally...

CAMPBELL:

Grace...

Campbell cocks the trigger and Grace prepares...

CAMPBELL (CONT’D)

You have left me with absolutely

no...

Grace darts her hand into her bag, and pulls the trigger of

her gun. Her bag explodes and the contents fly in slow

motion.

Campbell is hit and falls back, his gun spilling from his

hand. The gun shot kick starts our theme music.

Campbell falls to the ground in slow motion like a giant that

has been felled. He hits the wet ground with a splash and a

crunch of his head against the gravel.

We should not know if Campbell is alive or dead but most will

assume he is dead.

8 INT. BETTING SHOP, ARTHUR’S OFFICE (1919)- NIGHT, FLASHBACK 1 8

The moment Campbell hits the ground the spinning coin lands

on the back of Tommy’s hand. Tommy peers down and sees the

King’s head. He peers at the coin, accepts its verdict and

looks up at the ceiling, preparing for the rest of his life.

8A EXT. STREETS - MORNING 1 8A

TITLE SEQUENCE.

In fractured images, we see two women, dressed in billowing

black dresses, pushing large black prams through the streets

of Small Heath. They follow the same route that Tommy took in

series one title sequences.

9 EXT. GARRISON PUB, GARRISON LANE - MORNING 1 9

We pull wide and see the women with the prams arriving in

Garrison Lane. We see the exterior of the Garrison pub.

The structure is the same as when we last saw it, but the

paint work is finer, the sign more ornate and there is

reference to a ‘chop house upstairs’.

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Steven Knight

Steven Knight was born in 1959 in Marlborough, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Peaky Blinders (2013) and Locke (2013). more…

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