The producers of BBC series Peaky Blinders have warned a Manchester bar after it used the series’ name and images of its characters without authorisation.
Named Peaky Blinders Manchester, the venue offers live music, a theme bar and a dim sum restaurant. The owners of the restaurant said they “do not in any way intend on portraying ourselves as being affiliated with the show”, however producers Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions told them they had “no authorisation to use the Peaky Blinders television brand”.
The producers, said: “The bar has no authorisation to use the Peaky Blinders television brand, and in line with our strategy to manage such infringements, the owners have been contacted with a legal notice to cease and desist.
“We work hard to protect the quality and authenticity of the Peaky Blinders brand and work only with approved partners to ensure that the show’s dedicated fanbase receive quality experiences and products befitting the high standards of the show.”
The bar’s owners have said they were in discussions with the producers over any changes which may need to be made.
Peaky Blinders Manchester, said in a statement: “We are a fan-based theme bar from the 1920s era. We base ourselves on the Peaky Blinders tradition of community spirit and togetherness with a feel good factor. We are trying to create that image and that image only.
“If we have offended anybody, that is not intended, and for that we apologise. We enjoy the Peaky Blinders series as fans and do not in any way intend on portraying ourselves as being affiliated with the show or Tiger Aspect Productions. We’re just fans of the past and present.”