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Peaky Blinders Season Five Is Back On Our Screens

Simon Catling

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Peaky Blinders Season Five Is Back On Our Screens

The wait is finally over for Peaky Blinders fans, with the atmospheric gangster drama returning for a fifth season.

Viewers will be once again submerged in the dark, gritty glamour of Tommy Shelby's Birmingham, with this latest season set a full ten years after we were first introduced to the gang.

It's 1929 - a different world to when we began - and it doesn't look like the Shelby family will be in for a quiet time following *that* tumultuous season four finale.

Indeed, it would appear Tommy - now an MP for Birmingham South - is set to face some serious financial troubles.

Speaking with Heat, the one and only Cillian Murphy spoke about how the resourceful Shelby family will take a bit of a bruising following the events of the Wall Street Crash.

Murphy told the magazine: "It's 1929, the time of the Wall Street Crash, and things go badly wrong for the Shelbys,

"They lose a lot of money. So, that's where we find him. He's an MP and it's two years after we last met him."

The 43-year-old continued: "The family is as complicated as always, and success and wealth brings its own baggage.

"I think with Tommy trying to balance being an MP and a legitimate businessman, alongside being the leader of a criminal operation, makes for a brilliant drama."

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby. Credit: BBC
Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby. Credit: BBC

The fifth season will also explore some pretty heavy themes, with Tommy facing an abhorrent new adversary in fascist politician Oswald Mosley (played by Sam Claflin).

Mosley was responsible for the formation of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) in 1932, and pictures from the upcoming season show Tommy at an anti-fascist rally. As of yet, it's unclear what the dynamic between the pair will be.

The BBC's official season five synopsis gives an insight into the weighty decisions will will be placed on Tommy's tweed shoulders this season, explaining: "Series five of Steven Knight's crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere.

"When Tommy Shelby MP is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family's future but that of the entire nation."

Peaky Blinders. Credit: BBC
Peaky Blinders. Credit: BBC

As reported by the Radio Times, creator Steven Knight has previously revealed plans to write seven seasons, with the hope of 'making it a story of a family between two wars'.

With season six already being penned, it looks like there are plenty more twists and turns in store within what is arguably the greatest British gangster TV series of all time.

Peaky Blinders will be riding back to BBC One this Sunday at 9pm

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, Peaky Blinders

Simon Catling
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