Peaky Blinders plot hole: Fans uncover factual error with political activist Jessie Eden

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In the absence of a new series to sink their teeth into, fans of the gritty BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders, have been rifling through old episodes, picking fault with little bits and bobs. This time, one eagle-eyed viewer noticed that Jessie Eden’s (played by Charlie Murphy) job title is wrong.

Jessie becomes a prominent figure throughout the show, leading all-female factory workers in Birmingham out on strike protesting on the Bull Ring.

She was based on the real life person of the same name.

Taking to Movie Mistakes, one fan noted that as a shop steward, she wouldn’t have the responsibilities she actually does, therefore her job is something totally different.

“A shop steward is the senior part-time trade union official in a particular workshop or department, who also has an ordinary job in that shop,” they wrote.

“Jessie appears to be a full-time official and covers a number of factories.

“She would actually be referred to as a trade union organiser.”

The official fan site for Peaky Blinders states her job role as an “enigmatic union convener”.

In order to maybe halt viewers picking apart little indiscretions with the script etc, screenwriter Steven Knight has dropped an almighty hint for what’s to come, especially for gang leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

The highly acclaimed British drama would be nothing without his imaginative writing and thirst for suspense, which has kept as all on the edge of our seats over the respective five series.

Ahead of season six’s drop, Knight has now given us an idea of what’s in store for our dear Tommy.

In a recent interview, the creator revealed he’ll be tapping into the “supernatural element” throughout the new episodes.

The appearance of ghosts won’t be a shock for many fans as we’ve seen Tommy have visions of his late wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis) on countless occasions since her untimely death in series three.

But it’s not technically ghosts that Knight wants to explore.

“‘Is Tommy cursed?’ In other words, is everything predestined, are lives already mapped out? Do you have free will or not?” he teased the elements he’s most interested in.

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“Tommy sometimes feels that he doesn’t because it seems that everything is destined to stop him or move him in a particular direction. It’s the same with the whole family.

“I explore that more in the next series.”

So, whether Tommy is actually cursed or not will be a major factor for the next series and we might actually find out the truth.

He’s experienced extreme bad luck over the course of the last five seasons, so he could be well and truly cursed to the high heavens.

But we have a while to wait as the next series isn’t going to hit our screens for another two years.

Post-coronavirus, director Anthony Byrne, said they’re planning to start shooting next year.

“In an ideal world it would be great to be prepping again towards the end of the year with a view to start shooting early next year,” he said in an online Q&A.

“That feels achievable, whether that’s true or not, I have no idea. If we did start shooting in January we wouldn’t finish until May or June and then it’s another six months of editing.”

But he revealed they have a “good idea” of how to tackle the ongoing social distancing rules, whether it’s intimate scenes or hands on fighting.

Peaky Blinders season five is on BBC iPlayer and Netflix now.

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