Queues for Peaky Blinders auditions
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Peaky Blinders casting: Thousands queue for auditions

Thousands of people turned up at casting auditions for the Birmingham-based BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

It came after producers appealed for local young people as they looked to cast what they described as three or four "pivotal" roles.

Saturday's casting marked just the first stage in the process and a final decision on who will play the parts is expected to take several weeks.

Set in post-World War One Birmingham, the first series attracted audiences of about 2.4 million.

Filming for the second series is expected to start at the end of February and will be broadcast in the autumn