One of Greater Manchester’s most iconic historical buildings pops up, very briefly, as a location in this final season of Peaky Blinders.
When Tommy – who is MP for Birmingham South as well as a notorious gangster – pops along to give a speech to Labour party supporters, it’s Salford Lad’s Club that he approaches.
The club has been there since 1903.
Both the inside and the outside of Arley Hall have become familiar sights while watching the BBC’s hit gangster drama.
And this year was no different – including an, erm, explosive moment right in the final episode.
The grand Cheshire mansion has been there from the very opening scene of season six, and its rooms have doubled up as Tommy’s study and the family’s dining room.
Castlefield’s historic cobbled streets have doubled up as Birmingham’s Small Heath for the final instalment of Peaky Blinders.
It caused a lot of excitement when the huge set was built, including a mock-frontage of the Garrison Pub owned by the Shelby clan.
The area beneath the railway bridge was even used in the season finale’s dramatic shoot-out scene.
Castlefield was also used for Chinatown, complete with red lanterns and fake tea houses.
The pyrotechnics were back out in force here, when Tommy dropped a bomb off one of the footbridges over the canal.
There were 1930s-style Chinese adverts plastered on billboards too, along with a poster advertising Shelby Dry Gin.
Lee Quarry, Bacup
Over in Lancashire, the Lee Quarry in Bacup provided a dramatic backdrop for Tommy’s encounter with his ex-sister in law Esme.
The former working quarry is now a free-to-use mountain bike trail.
There’s absolutely no mistaking this Manchester landmark, even if the Peaky Blinders team have rebranded it to the Midland.
This is the Hotel Gotham on King Street, a huge art deco five-star hotel that is one of Manchester’s most beautiful buildings.
Its familiar exterior only gets a very brief appearance before Tommy heads inside to a nondescript hotel room.
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The Holiday is apparently getting a sequel after 17 years and it’s featuring the original cast
One of the best-loved festive films is apparently set to get a sequel 17 years after the original was released.
There’s no denying that The Holiday is an absolute Christmas classic at this point.
Released all the way back in 2006, the romantic comedy film stars Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as Iris and Amanda – two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the pond who arrange a home exchange to escape heartbreak during the Christmas season.
However, their lives change unexpectedly when they meet and fall in love with two local lads played by Jack Black and Jude Law.
The Holiday is a film many like to stick on each time the festive season rolls around, and if you’re one of those with it on your watch list each year, then you’ll be pleased to know that the whole cast has reportedly agreed to film a sequel.
According to reports in The Sun doing the rounds today, Winslet, Diaz, Black, and Law are all said to have “signed on” to return.
Filming for the sequel is set to kick off next year, according to insiders.
The insider told The Sun: “The plan is to start rolling on scenes next year, primarily in the U.K. and in Europe, but the main talent are all signed up and on board.
“It’s one of the most successful movies of its kind and still enjoyed every year by millions of fans around the world – it makes perfect sense to revisit those characters and find out what became of their lives after they hooked up.
“It’ll be funny, poignant, and heartwarming – just what everyone wants for Christmas.”
Although the sequel is said to be in the works, it’s all very up in the air at the moment as no further details about the plot have been released.
Given the years that have passed though, we can probably expect plenty of big life events to have happened.
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Fans left concerned after Molly-Mae admits Tommy Fury is away so often he ‘forgets’ she’s pregnant
Fans have been left concerned for Molly-Mae Hague after she revealed in a recent interview that boyfriend Tommy Fury sometimes “forgets” she’s pregnant.
The 23-year-old influencer and Creative Director of PrettyLittleThing notably announced her pregnancy with the professional boxer back in September 2022 in what is a now-viral social media post seen by millions, all before revealing in a gender reveal video shared shortly after that they are expecting a baby girl.
The young couple famously met on ITV reality dating competition show Love Island back in 2019, and have been together ever since.
But, despite being one of the few couples from their series still in a relationship several years later, Hague as spoken out in a recent interview that is currently doing the rounds online that Fury has been spending a significant chunk of time away training throughout her pregnancy.
Hague added that Fury often has to be “reminded” they are having a baby soon.
In an interview with SportsDirect, when asked if Fury ever talks to her baby bump at all, Molly-Mae explained: “No, I think because he’s been away a lot, I think he sometimes forgets, and I’m like, ‘You do understand that I’m like two months away from having a child’.
“I just think he has to be reminded because he is away a lot.”
After a clip from the interview shared to social media began racking up thousands of views this week, fans of Hague have been taking to Twitter and TikTok to weigh in on the situation, and call Fury out for his absence.
One fan wrote: “That Molly-Mae interview is pretty sad, that’s a cry for help right there.”
Another fan added: “Not Molly-Mae calling Tommy a deadbeat dad already. He left alone for most of her pregnancy. That’s sad honestly.”
“Sorry but I actually feel so sorry for Molly-Mae being pregnant with her smiling through the pain in that interview, bless her. Pregnancy can be a lonely time for a lot of women anyway, let alone if your partner is in a training camp and forgets you’re pregnant,” another fan said on Twitter.
Taking a more direct hit at Fury, another fan commented: “Tommy is not even a successful boxer by any means, so what’s he doing that he’s forgetting his long term girlfriend is pregnant sorry.
“8 wins in 4 years of a career and they’re all against nobodies.
“‘He’s away a lot’ doing what exactly? Primarily communicating via FaceTime when you’re SO is heavily pregnant is shameful sorry, it’s not like he’s the main breadwinner and they’d be destitute if he took a sabbatical.”
“Tommy needs to realise Molly-Mae is making enough money for the both of them that he can stay home and give his boxing hobby a rest,” commented another fan.
Another person gave their opinion on Twitter: “Work isn’t a good excuse for Tommy’s absence during Molly-Mae’s pregnancy. He isn’t even earning as much as her so what is this bread people are talking about.
“Chasing the bag isn’t better than being physically present for your pregnant partner.
“Sorry there’s still no excuse for him, you people will not convince me otherwise. Pregnancy is hard, and feeling lonely through that journey is tough.”
The video then cuts to the pair laughing together and caressing a small baby bump.
Molly-Mae, 23, is now a social media influencer with a huge following of 6.5 million on Instagram alone, and is also the creative director of Manchester-based retailer Pretty Little Thing.
Meeting on the fifth series of the hit reality show Love Island in 2019, Molly-Mae and Tommy finished runners-up behind winners Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.
The couple have a combined following of more than 10 million followers on social media.
Molly-Mae, 23, is now a social media influencer with a huge following of 6.5 million on Instagram alone, making her one of the most famous influencers in the UK, and she is also the Creative Director of Manchester-based fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing.
Her long-term boyfriend Tommy Fury, also 23, is a professional boxer and the younger brother of two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.