REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E6/6)

After the explosive and heart-rending pay-off in series four – the routing of the Italian-American Changretta Mafia cell and the agonising death of Alfie Solomons – this season was always going to be the ‘difficult follow-up album’. After all, in real life Sir Oswald Mosley had a banal end, dying at the grand old age of 84…

REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E5/6)

Last week’s episode outlined several rookie mistakes in social etiquette a parvenu should never make when throwing a grand soirée. First, a host must never leave his guests to have sex – even if it is with his wife. Don’t compound this error by reminding the guest of honour that he might have laid the…

REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E4/6)

Tommy Shelby might not have read anything by 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, but he does seem to follow his aphorism, “What does not kill me makes me stronger” and his penchant for living on the edge is reaching nauseating new heights in this series. Mosley had Tommy pegged as unlettered, so he’s mildly surprised…

REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E3/6)

The charismatic Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) this week set out his bold vision for Britain – to make it the greatest place on Earth. Oops, no, sorry, that was actually Boris Johnson. But you can see how the confusion arises. While Bojo and Cummings staged their coup this week, back in a field in Birmingham…

REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E2/6)

Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is stuck in the middle with the familiar feeling that there is someone with traitorous intent in his family’s orbit. While it is by no means a new sensation for the Brummie Al Capone – after all, erstwhile business associate Alfie…

REVIEW: Peaky Blinders (S5 E1/6)

The red right hand is back and this time Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is desperately looking to lift the reputation of Small Heath’s 1930s equivalent of the Sopranos family into respectability. Well, he’s a Member of Parliament, anyway. If it were possible, Tommy now looks even more careworn. In series four he saw off Luca…

BBC One confirms Peaky Blinders transmission date

We’ve known for a while that series of five of Peaky Blinders is just around the corner. Now we know exactly when it’s going to happen, and the Beeb has given it a primetime slot. By order of the #PeakyBlinders, we hereby inform you that the Shelbys are back in business from Sunday 25th August,…

BBC One releases first trailer for Peaky Blinders series five

The fifth series of turn-of-the-century, Birmingham-based gangster drama, Peaky Blinders, is just around the corner. Now BBC One has released the first trailer. Power comes at a price. Get ready for the new series of #PeakyBlinders, coming soon to @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer. pic.twitter.com/IqYGSNCNsB — BBC One (@BBCOne) July 30, 2019 Series five of Steven Knight’s…

Peaky Blinders V begins filming, first image released

Another crime drama heavyweight has begun production. Peaky Blinders – Steven Knight’s early 20th-century gangland opus – is back in production for its fifth series. The first image has been released of Cillian Murphy reprising his role as Tommy Shelby in the new series of the acclaimed gangster drama, which began filming in Manchester in…

Peaky Blinders to move to BBC One for series five

Globally, Birmingham-set historical gangster drama, Peaky Blinders, is a pretty big deal. And here, in the UK, it has performed extremely well in BBC Two. Now, like Line Of Duty before it, it’s going to transfer onto BBC One for next year’s series five. “Peaky Blinders is world class drama at the top of its…

Confirmation: Peaky Blinders to end after series seven

Several days ago we brought you news of Peaky Blinders creator, Steven Knight’s, pronouncement that there would be more series of the Birmingham-based early 20th-century gangster yarn. Now we know for sure what’s happening. The show won a BAFTA on Sunday night. .@ThePeakyBlinder writer Steven Knight thanks his parents, who “lived the real life of…

Steven Knight: There may be more Peaky Blinders after series five

As far as we all knew, next year’s fifth series of Peaky Blinders was to be the last. Or at least that’s what everything we’ve read has pointed to. Now, its creator Steven Knight, has told a gathered throng in his native Birmingham that this may not be the case. Deadline reports that: “[Knight] has…