The Shelbys Are Back

Hopefully a hark back to the first couple of seasons, the newest instalment of BBC’s Peaky Blinders see’s Tommy face off against the British Government.

Peaky Blinders is a gangster family epic set in Birmingham, England in 1919, several months after the end of the First World War in November 1918. The story centres on the Peaky Blinders gang and their ambitious and highly cunning boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

John, Tommy and Arthur

The first couple of seasons, I thought, was some of the best entertainment the BBC has commissioned.

Filming is currently underway on the new season and we have a new image from the Manchester set of Tommy Shelby wearing his iconic bunnet as he rides his prized horse:

MP Tommy Shelby

Season 5 is set in the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash. The synopsis says:

“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 (Murphy) 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.”

“Tommy Shelby faces the darkest force he has ever faced and his struggle is as relevant today as it was then.”

Unfortunately, there’ll be no Tom Hardy coming back as Tommy’s antagonistic ally, Alfie Solomons. Although I don’t recall seeing him die and I’m sure he survived that bullet!

All the usual suspects are all returning, including Helen McCrory (Aunt Polly), Paul Anderson (Arthur Jr), Sophie Rundle (Ada), Kate Phillips (Linda) and Natasha O’Keeffe (Lizzie) as well as the terrific Aidan Gillen and and upcoming star Jack Rowan as father-and-son fixers Aberama and Bonnie Gold.

Bonnie and Aberama Gold

Peaky Blinders will return on the BBC and Netflix in 2019.