Peaky Blinders visit Cheltenham Racecourse (sort of)
The Peaky Blinders paid a visit to Cheltenham races this evening, but there was more violence and dancing than horse racing.
The BBC2 drama set in 1919 used the racecourse as a backdrop to gangster Thomas Shelby's quest for power.
A rather brutal scene in the men's toilet and a little bit of deal making took place at "Cheltenham racecourse"', but it was pretty obvious no filming took place anywhere near Prestbury Park.
Tonight's drama had built up to a climax at Cheltenham, with rival gangs engaged in a turf war centred on illegal betting on racecourses.
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In the third episode of the series set in 1919 Birmingham, the leader of the Peaky Blinders gang Shelby (Cillian Murphy) went to Cheltenham to get closer to racecourse kingpin Billy Kimber (Charlie Creed-Miles).
Kimber controls the legal and illegal bookmaking sites at racecourses across England and is one of the country's most powerful gangsters.
In tonight's episode, Shelby managed to secure the 'protection' deal for Kimber at the expense of the Lee gang, who Shelby and Kimber are at war with.
Shelby tried to sweeten the deal by 'loaning' Kimber the barmaid (and secret police spy) Grace.
But it appeared Shelby's conscience got the better of him and he managed to rescue Grace from Kimber's vile clutches.
Racecourse bosses said were unaware of any filming taking place at Prestbury Park ahead of the series, and there were no scenes of racing shown tonight.