Peaky Blinders up for three TV Choice awards, but can it win?

The TV Choice awards are to be held later this year on Monday 5th September where winners will be announced at the Dorchester Hotel in London. But can the Brummie boys and girls from Peaky Blinders sweep in and win any of the awards they’ve been nominated for? If you want to vote for them head to the TV Choice website here (quickly).

With series 3 just wrapping up on BBC 2, and another two series already confirmed, Peaky Blinders is currently sitting at its… um… peak. But the TV Choice awards may not be the best place for the dark, violent and cultish show to pick up any wins. So what categories is the show up for this year?

Best Drama Series

Peaky Blinders has quite rightly been shortlisted for Best Drama series, but it’s up against the likes of Downton Abbey, Happy Valley and Line of Duty. In my eyes, there’s only really competition in this category from Downton Abbey which came to an end in 2015 after a run of five years. If Peaky Blinders wins this, it will be following in the footsteps of previous winners Broadchurch, Sherlock and Doctor Who. Come on you Blinders!

Best Actor

Cillian Murphy is nominated in this category for his blistering performance as Thomas Shelby. The problem is, he’s up against Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager, Jim Carter from Downton Abbey and Peter Capaldi for Doctor Who. As much as Murphy deserves to win this, those are some pretty popular shows he’s having to compete with. And Hiddleston baring his bum for audiences to gawp over in The Night Manager might just win him this all by itself. Anyone doubting Murphy’s performance in Peaky Blinders should go and re-watch the moment he faced up to Tom Hardy. If Murphy wins this, he would be following the likes of David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch who won in previous years. I’d be more confident about Murphy having a shot, if Hiddleston hadn’t shown us all his ass.

Best Actress

The final nomination for Peaky Blinders this year is for Helen McCrory as Best Actress. If anyone deserves an award for their work as much as Murphy (and hell, give Tom Hardy one too), then it’s McCrory who has made Aunt Polly a wonderful watch in series 3. She’s up against against Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster), and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey). It’s stiff competition, but McCrory has excelled in the most recent season of Peaky Blinders, showing a new vulnerability to Aunt Poll, while still remaining an absolute force to be reckoned with.

It’s great to see Peaky Blinders getting nominated in three categories, but I don’t like its chances. If you want the Shelby family to gain the upper hand, go vote! By order of the Peaky Blinders!

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