LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Steven Knight attends the "Spencer" UK Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Why Steven Knight Is Glad Channel 4 Turned Down Peaky Blinders
If “Peaky Blinders” had managed to find its way to the small screen in the ‘80s, it's hard to imagine what the show would have looked like. However, that’s exactly when the show’s creator Steven Knight conceived the idea for the series and pitched it to Channel 4, a British free-to-air broadcasting network.
Even though Channel 4 was excited about Knight’s idea, it eventually turned him down. In an interview with NME, Knight said, “I presented it to Channel 4 and [they turned it down] ... There's nothing wrong with Channel 4, but I'm glad it didn't get made then because we didn't actually have the [necessary] technology.”
In 2019, Knight expanded on the story, telling Drama Quarterly that if “Peaky Blinders” was made back in the day, they wouldn't have the same cast. The film producer further stated that since CGI wasn't available at the time, they wouldn't be able to do some of the technical effects the show has now.