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Bowie was a 'big' Peaky Blinders fan

Press AssociationPress Association 26/04/2016 Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association

David Bowie granted the creator of TV show Peaky Blinders permission to use his music just days before his death.

The Ziggy Stardust singer was such a fan of the BBC Two show he sent writer and director Steven Knight his last ever album prior to its release.

Bowie released Blackstar weeks before he died of cancer in January this year.

Knight explained to Radio Times that a senior executive from a record label had arrived at his house with the album on December 30.

He said: "And then on the following Tuesday we heard that he'd passed away. It seems that his people were keen to establish that we could use it before he died."

The singer had also contacted the show's leading star, Cillian Murphy, previously.

"He sent a photo of himself with razor blades in his cap to Cillian about a year ago," Knight said adding, "I got in touch with his people who came back straight away and said he was a big, big fan."

The show's moniker is derived from the gang practise of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their flat caps, which they could then easily access if they needed to.

Irish star Murphy plays Tommy in the Birmingham-based gangster drama and returns for the third series. He cited his character's "flawed and contradictory nature" as compelling characteristics.

He told Radio Times: "I don't think a good man's life is particularly interesting to read about or to watch."

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