Peaky Blinders fans call out blunder with trade union boss Jessie Eden after epic strike for female factory workers

PEAKY Blinders fans have a long wait on their hands for season 6 – so it's no surprise they've been diving back into old episodes.

The BBC crime drama has received acclaim for its high production values and stellar acting, but eagle-eyed viewers have detected an oversight when it comed to the show's historical accurary.

The error surrounds the character of Jessie Eden (Charlie Murphy), who is based upon a real woman of the same name.

Jessie proved to be a formidable force, leading women throughout Birmingham to strike for equal pay, culminating in a mass walkout across the city's factories.

However, some eagle-eyed viewers took to Movie Mistakes to call out a gaffe with her job title as a shop steward.

"A shop steward is the senior part-time trade union official in a particular workshop or department, who also has an ordinary job in that shop," they explained.

"Jessie appears to be a full-time official and covers a number of factories," they went on.

"She would actually be referred to as a trade union organiser."

Others were quick to join in with messages of agreement on the post, with one like-minded user writing: "I clocked that too!"

Meanwhile a second chimed in: "Yup, I think it was a throwaway line but it doesn't make sense when you think about it.


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The official fan site for Peaky Blinders states her job role as an "enigmatic union convener".

Of course, Tommy ends up winning Jessie over but introducing equal pay across the Shelby Company empire.

The pair even end up romping after a business meeting takes a raunchy turn.

The Jessie furore comes after show creator Steven Knight promised a "supernatural" element in the upcoming sixth series.

He also revealed which character he regretted killing off the most.

Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 are available to stream on iPlayer now.

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