Peaky Blinders plot hole: Ada and Freddie’s return to Birmingham flawed – here’s why

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Freddie Throne (played by Iddo Goldberg) had a short-lived but important role in the Peaky Blinders family history. The communist embarked on a relationship with Ada Shelby (Sophie Rundle) and the pair were forced to flee Birmingham over fears her family would kill him. Fans will remember their subsequent return to the city but one eagle-eyed viewer has spotted a huge plot hole. 

Freddie was a former close friend of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) but the gang member did not approve of his relationship with sister Ada.

During a police raid, Freddie is forced to leave Birmingham and his girlfriend behind. 

Soon after, Ada discovered she was pregnant with Freddie’s child and confided in Polly Gray (Helen McCrory).

She urged her to abort the child but Freddie turned and proposed to the Shelby sister. 

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The pair were subsequently married and fled the city but later returned when the communist decided he didn’t want to be afraid of the Shelby brothers. 

In the opening of series one, episode four the pair are seen returning to Birmingham on a boat but one eagle-eyed fan spotted a plot hole with this scene. 

On a Peaky Blinders forum, the fan said: “When Freddie and Ada return to Birmingham from London they are seen on a boat called Kennet. 

“This is a wide boat, almost twice the width of a seven-foot narrowboat, which could not have made its way from London to Birmingham in 1919, 1920 as all of the locks were narrow locks at that time.”

The fan notes narrow locks were seven-foot wide at this time. 

Ada later gave birth to their son who they named after Karl Marx but Freddie’s happiness at the birth was short-lived. 

The communist spends the rest of the series trying to avoid being arrested but the police. 

At the beginning of series two, Ada moved to London following Freddie’s death from “pestilence”.

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Meanwhile, screenwriter Steven Knight has spoken out on the huge changes he’s had to make to season six scripts. 

Days before filming on series six was due to begin, the coronavirus pandemic forced a shutdown. 

But once the UK lockdown was lifted, the Peaky Blinders production team went into talks to decide how production could resume. 

Screenwriter Steven has revealed how the changes he has made have impacted the upcoming series.

“We’ve had to change a few things because of actors’ schedules,” he revealed in an interview for the official Peaky Blinders website.

“I’ve been through the scripts, so some things have changed, I think, for the better.

“Obviously the main concern is for everybody’s safety. Once we’re certain that we can make the show and keep everybody safe, we’ll start.”

Peaky Blinders season 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix and BBC iPlayer now.

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