Is Peaky Blinders a crime show? That’s the question I wrestle with each and every time I think about putting stuff up here. It’s not your usual procedural, but more a gangster show (with really bad Brummie accents) that deals with the lure, the power and the downfall of crime. Still, it’s one of these country’s most exportable series and it is good – series three, especially, was very good. And now it’s back, filming and announcing new, starry members of the cast.
The new member of the cast in question is winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), has joined the cast of Steven Knight’s series, which is a bit of a coup. Add Brody to a cast already loaded with Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy (and Paddy Considine in series three) and suddenly you have a testosterone-heavy maelstrom of talent.
Filming began this week in Liverpool with Murphy reprising his role as Thomas Shelby, head of the Peaky Blinders. Also returning in series four are Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Kate Phillips.
Tom Hardy returns as Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons, alongside series regulars Natasha O’Keefe and Packy Lee.
When he receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve, Thomas Shelby realises that the Peaky Blinders are in danger of annihilation. As the enemy closes in, Shelby flees his country house and returns to the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham, where a desperate fight for survival begins.
More news as we get it…