Our lives can be significantly impacted by television programs as they provide us with glimpses into other worlds that can inspire, scare, or pleasure us.
The very best programs do more than that; they serve as agents of social evolution, alter public perceptions, and demonstrate resiliency. When our heroes finally get back up after falling, we gaze in terror and are filled with pride. Heroes who “never give up” show resilience that we may already possess or strive to develop.
Here are our top 12 choices from a list of programs we’ve compiled about life-changing mindsets.
12. Peaky Blinders
Steven Knight is the creator of the British historical crime drama television series Peaky Blinders. It is based in Birmingham, England, and recounts the crimes committed by the Peaky Blinders gang in the immediate years following World War One. A actual urban youth gang that bore the same name that operated in the city from the 1880s to the 1910s serves as the inspiration for the fictional group.
The elder members of the group, Tommy Shelby, Helen McCrory, Elizabeth “Polly” Gray, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, and Joe Cole, are all played by ensemble cast members, with Cillian Murphy serving as their leader. Along with Sam Claflin and Adrien Brody, the film also stars Annabelle Wallis, Iddo Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Finn Cole, Natasha O’Keeffe, Paddy Considine, Sam Neill, Amber Anderson, James Frecheville, and Stephen Graham. It debuted on September 12, 2013, and ran on BBC Two until the fourth series (with repeats on BBC Four). The fifth and sixth series were subsequently broadcast on BBC One.
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