By Deirdre Tynan • 26 August 2021 • 9:11
Image: Peaky Blinders.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has been commissioned to produce Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies.
“It is going to be mind-blowing, that’s all I can say,” Knight told The Guardian on August 26 and he wants to “bang the drum for Birmingham and to let people know what a fantastic multicultural, welcoming city it has been and continues to be.”
“There is in Birmingham a reluctance to get too big for your boots, a preference for the harsh verdict, if you like. Which is great and it is funny and humorous but it doesn’t help with the marketing of the city.
“It has quite a brutal practicality about it. But all of that I like as well. There is something bold about a city that has the bypass running straight through the middle.
“The idea that you are putting together a show that will be live, in front of a billion and half people, is terrifying but also a great challenge,” he added.
The Games take place from July 28 to August 8, 2022 and are “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the West Midlands on a global stage,” according to the organisers.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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