10th May 2016
The talk of the city recently has been nothing but Peaky Blinders. The hit TV show – based in Birmingham – returned to our screens last week, with Everyman Cinema here at the Mailbox rolling out the red carpet for the new season premiere.
Stylishly back-dropped by the canalside bars and lit with spring sunshine, the hundreds of lucky ticket holders were in for a treat. Fans starting arriving hours before the cast were due to walk the red carpet, and many were eager to adopt the 1920s style that has helped make the show so popular.
With fans eager to grab a sneak peek of the show’s famous stars, the canalside area was bustling and full of excitement.
Before the cast arrived, the crowds were treated to celebrity appearances from some of Birmingham’s best loved faces. Jasper Carrott arrived in his flat cap, Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett met fans with some of the team’s players and chef Glynn Purnell also graced the red carpet.
With red carpet entrances done, it was time for the arrival of the evening’s hotly anticipated guests. Led by Tommy Shelby himself, Cillian Murphy, fans were in full voice to welcome the stars to Birmingham. Joined by the show’s creator Steven Knight, as well as cast members including Harry Kirkton, Packy Lee, Gaite Jansen, Kate Phillips, Jordan Bolger and Stephanie Hyam, the stars of the show were eager to meet and greet along the canalside red carpet.
As ticket holders made their way into Everyman to take their seats for the eagerly anticipated first episode, there was no denying the exciting buzz of energy around the Mailbox.
With an atmosphere that Cillian described as “one of the most overwhelming receptions he has ever experienced”, Mailbox showed that whatever Leicester Square can do, we can do better.