How Tommy Shelby’s Lack Of Eating Became A Running Gag On Peaky Blinders

You just never know what quirky aspects of a long-running television show will begin to take on a life of its own over the course of the series.

In “Peaky Blinders” alone, much has already been made of the frankly horrifying amount of herbal cigarettes the cast had to smoke throughout each season, or the somewhat shocking reveal that those distinctive hats worn by the Peaky Blinders weren’t actually all that historically accurate to the real-life gang.

But there’s one oddity in particular that stood out to lead actor Cillian Murphy in the early going, which soon transformed into a running gag that everyone was in on.If you ever noticed during your viewing of seasons 1 and 2 of “Peaky Blinders” that the gang ringleader Tommy Shelby never actually ate a lick of food — despite several scenes taking place in dining rooms and bars with plenty of options to choose from — you’re not alone.

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