Peaky Blinders plot hole: Winston Churchill and Major Campbell blunder exposed

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Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) found himself caught up with Major Campbell (Sam Neill) in the debut seasons of Peaky Blinders as the Major tried to do everything in his power to see the Shelby brothers behind bars. However, one eagle-eyed fan has spotted a huge problem with Campbell and the man who gave him his orders, Winston Churchill (Andy Nyman).

Churchill is first seen on a carriage at a train station in series one of the BBC show.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies hires Campbell, who is a Chief Inspector at this point, to retrieve stolen machine guns. 

The Peaky Blinders had accidentally acquired the crate containing the guns but Campbell was instructed to get back the weapons and clean up the city. 

In the beginning, Campbell underestimates the Shelby brothers and mistakenly believes Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) is in charge. 

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It becomes clear Campbell has a vendetta against Tommy after the gang member outsmarts the Inspector on numerous occasions. 

In the second series, Campbell has been promoted to Major and is instructed by Churchill (Richard McCabe) to select a man to carry out an assassination on behalf of the Crown. 

Campbell chooses Tommy and promises Churchill the troublemaker will be executed for keeping stolen weapons. 

However, Churchill later finds out Campbell’s plans to kill Tommy and saves him.

Fans later discover Tommy and Churchill have been making deals following Campbell’s death.

However, one fan has pointed out a major flaw with Campbell and Churchill’s relationship.

Writing on a Peaky Blinders forum, one fan said: “Major Campbell heads the Irish branch of the secret service.

“But he reports to Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary. 

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“The Colonial Office had nothing to do with Ireland, which at that time was part of the United Kingdom.”

Elsewhere, another blunder involving Major Campbell’s arrival in Birmingham has been exposed.

The Inspector built his reputation in Belfast, Ireland where he had an impressive track record ridding the city of crime and corruption. 

During this time, he served with the father of Grace Shelby (Annabelle Wallis), née Burgess.

He subsequently placed Grace in The Garrison Pub as a spy but ultimately this plan backfired as she fell for the Shelby brother. 

On a Peaky Blinders forum, one fan said: “Chief Inspector Campbell has been sent from Belfast. 

“Belfast at the time was policed by the Royal Irish Constabulary, which had no rank of chief inspector.”

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

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