'Peaky Blinders' is an English crime drama television series set in Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. The series, which was created by Steven Knight, follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family.
The fictional gang is loosely based on the Peaky Blinders, a real 19th-century urban youth gang who were active in the city from the 1890s and early twentieth century.
The first series aired on BBC Two on 13 September 2013 and ran for six episodes. The second series premiered on 2 October 2014. The third series premiered on 5 May 2016. On 26 May 2016, the BBC announced they had ordered a fourth and fifth series of the show. The fourth series premiered on 15 November 2017; after the series finale broadcast on 20 December 2017, it was announced that the fifth series will be broadcast in 2019.
Anthony Byrne, Colm McCarthy, David Caffrey, Otto Bathurst, Steven Knight, Tim Mielants, Tom Harper
Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Alexander Siddig, Annabelle Wallis, Benjamin Zephaniah, Charlie Murphy, Charlotte Riley, Cillian Murphy, Finn Cole, Gaite Jansen, Helen McCrory, Iddo Goldberg, Jack Rowan, Joe Cole, Kate Phillips, Natasha O'Keeffe, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Paul Anderson, Sam Neill, Sophie Rundle, Thomas James Foot, Tom Hardy
Action, Crime, Drama, History
When is season 5 of 'Peaky Blinders' kicking off?
The air date has been confirmed as Sunday, August 25th, 2019, with episode 2 to air the following night on Monday, 26th August.
Where can I watch 'Peaky Blinders'?
'Peaky Blinders' will be moving from BBC2 to BBC One for the upcoming fifth season.
Explaining the decision behind the switch, Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore revealed, "Peaky Blinders is world class drama at the top of its game and the time has arrived for it to move to the UK’s biggest channel. Steven Knight’s epic storytelling is authentic and utterly compelling and I want to give it the chance to be enjoyed by an even broader audience on BBC One.
"We couldn’t have asked for a better response to series four and the impact it had with young audiences. This move will also give BBC2 more creative headroom to experiment with new drama."
Seasons one to four are also currently available to watch on Netflix.
Which cast members are returning for 'Peaky Blinders' season 5?
Cillian Murphy will, of course, be back as Tommy Shelby.
Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson), Michael Gray (Finn Cole), Ada Thorne (Sophie Rundle) and Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) are also all set to be returning.
Aidan Gillen will also be returning as the Aberama Gold along with his son, boxer Bonnie (Jack Rowan).
Tom Hardy will not be back with Steve Knight previously telling Radio Times, "There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bells ringing, there’s a lot of conflict happening. It’s like when [season one and two star] Sam Neill was no longer in it. That felt like a loss, but you move on. You have to."
Who is joining the cast of 'Peaky Blinders' for season 5?
Sam Claflin ('Hunger Games', 'Me Before You') joins the cast in season 5 as Oswald Mosley.
Joining them will be Anya Taylor-Joy ('The Witch'), Neil Maskell ('No Offence'), Kate Dickie ('The Cry'), Cosmo Jarvis ('Lady Macbeth'), Elliot Cowan ('Krypton') and Andrew Koji ('The Innocence').
What will be the plot of 'Peaky Blinder' season 5?
The end of series 4 saw the Shelby clan gain even more power in Birmingham with Tommy elected as an MP. Actor Paul Anderson, who plays Arthur Shelby, told Metro, "What it gives Arthur and his family is more power. Tommy is in a position of power, and he can only get stronger in that position. We'll all have more cover, more opportunity and more protection.
"Becoming an MP is just Tommy expanding his empire - his ambition is to have power in a lot of areas and that’s just another extension of his power."
The first official synopsis from the new season reads: "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 (Cillian 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."
There's set to be a new villain who will be a fictionalised version of a real Glasgow gang boss called Billy Fullerton who ran the 'Billy Boys'.
Season 5 will also likely look at Tommy's worsening mental health while 'Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight previously said that depression and the rise of fascism will also form part of the storyline as the show heads into the 1930s.
How many more seasons of 'Peaky Blinders' will there be?
Good news on that front, after 'Peaky Blinders' won a BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2018, creator Steven Knight said: "My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars. So I’ve wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939. It’ll take three more series to reach that point."
It's not clear if he was including the upcoming 5th season in that statement (he likely was), but either way, there should be plenty more 'Peaky Blinders' to look forward to yet.
Will there be a 'Peaky Blinders' movie?
There could well be as Knight is up for it. "A movie would be great," he said at the 2018 BAFTAs. "But I don’t want to do it at the end, maybe between series."
Is there a trailer for season 5 of 'Peaky Blinders'?