Respected television comedy producer Caryn Mandabach who has credits such as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Nurse Jackie and 3rd Rock From The Sun to her name is ow producing a period gangster drama set in Britain – where she has lived for the past 7 years.

The new drama will follow the battle between a Birmingham police chief, played by Sam Neill and one of four families who control the city’s crime. Cilliam Murphy stars as one of the main villains. Mandabach says that ‘Peaky Blinders’ uncovers the hidden history of 20th century England, populated by gangsters and revolutionaries, set against a backdrop of trade union conflicts and communist agitators.

The show will be a big change from her usual comedy fair, but Mandabach insists she has not forgotten her roots or cut ties with Hollywood. Nurse Jackie is set to begin a fifth season of production and she also has a number of projects in development for Fox and HBO in the US.