‘Peaky Blinders:The Real Story’ An evening with Carl Chinn
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Professor Carl Chinn MBE Ph.D. is a social historian with a national profile, writer, public speaker, and teacher. An off-course bookmaker himself until 1984, he is the son and grandson of illegal bookmakers in Sparkbrook, whilst his mother’s family were factory workers in Aston. His writings are deeply affected by his family’s working-class background and life in the back-to-backs of Birmingham and he believes passionately that history must be democratised because each and every person has made their mark upon history and has a story to tell. An off-course bookmaker himself until 1984, his grandfather started as an illegal bookie in 1922.
He was the expert on ITV’s ‘The Way We Were’ series and has appeared on numerous Radio 4 programmes, including those presented by Libby Purves and Laurie Taylor, whilst he has presented the series ‘Centre of Our World’, looking at various ethnic minorities in Birmingham, and ‘Manufacturing Matters’ a polemic for manufacturing on ‘The World Tonight’. Most recently Professor Chinn has appeared as a historical expert on the ‘One Show’ discussing the Real Peaky Blinders, on the BBC 2 series ‘The Victorian Slum’ and on ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ as an expert on Birmingham’s history.