Dust off your 3-piece suits and put your flat caps on — Peaky Blinders series 5 is just around the corner. That means your friendly neighbourhood Shelby’s will be back shortly and with an even bigger empire.
The BBC gangster family drama returns sometime in 2019… and likely sooner than later.
When does Peaky Blinders series 5 air?
While there is no official date, filming kicked off in September 2018 and has officially wrapped (Twitter announcement below).
As creator Steven Knight previously told Express, “the normal turn around” after filming during Autumn 2018. Should all go according to schedule, Knight predicted that Series 5 “would be [airing in] spring of 2019.”
We do know that the BAFTA TV Award-winning series will switch from BBC Two to BBC One when it does air this year. BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore announced the move at the Edinburgh TV festival last year:
“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 BBC Two more creative headroom to experiment with new drama.”
What will happen in series 5?
Peaky Blinders series 4 left off with Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) cementing a position of power for his clan as the elected MP of the Birmingham South constituency. Tommy won by a landslide but the run for his seat has exposed his crumbling mental state. What awaits the Shelbys in series 5?
In addition to the topic of mental health, the upcoming season will continue to explore power through the mechanics of politics and war. Knight painted a picture of how the new series kicks off: “1929. Wall Street Crash. That’s how it starts and they lose all their money and so they have to find other ways of making money.”
“It’s set in ’29 into the 30s. Tommy is now a politician, so it’s about some of the political developments that were happening that will eventually lead to the Second World War,” he also told Express.
It also seems that politics will become a family affair with Arthur Shelby making parliamentary connections of his own.
“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,” Anderson divulged in an interview with Metro.
“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.”
Perhaps that power will be used against The Billy Boys, the infamous Glasgow ‘razor gang’ rumoured to be appearing in this series.
Will Peaky Blinders series 5 be the last?
Creator Steven Knight has also told Birmingham Mail that he intends to explore the rise of Fascism in the 1930s.
“There is so much stuff happening as we are going into the 30s. The depression and the rise of fascism form part of the storyline. It is setting those things up.”
“My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars,” he explained, “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.”
Our fingers are crossed that all three series come to fruition as the sixth, seventh, and eighth seasons.
Which cast members will return?
Cillian Murphy is confirmed to reprise his role as Tommy Shelby.
Returning clan members include Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson), Michael Gray (Finn Cole), Ada Thorne (Sophie Rundle), and Polly Gray (Helen McRory).
Also returning is Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen as gypsy Aberama Gold. He and his boxer son Bonnie Gold (played by Jack Rowan) have formed an uneasy alliance with the Shelby clan. The BBC shared a first look image of Gillen in series five on 21st March.
What about Tom Hardy?
With the fate of Alfie Solomons sealed in December 2017’s series four finale, you can probably guess the answer to this question.
Apparently, the ending even came as a surprise to cast members. According to actor Paul Anderson: “We were unsure, it was up for debate and discussion,” he told Digital Spy. “I know that Tom didn’t want to go.”
In addition to Hardy, Joe Cole’s John Shelby will most probably also be MIA following the events of a Christmas massacre by the Sicilian mafia.
Will new cast members be joining?
When one door closes, another one opens. In this case, Peaky Blinders series five, the absence of a few will be softened by an ensemble of exciting new cast members.
Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin will play a character whose name has yet to be released. Judging by the look of his neatly trimmed ‘stache and pocket handkerchief, his character will be politically inclined.
Hollyoaks actor Emmett J Scanlan and The Handmaid’s Tale’s Anya Taylor Joy will also be appearing in Peaky Blinders series 5.
Also joining them are Brian Gleeson (The Bisexual), Neil Maskell (No Offence), Kate Dickie (The Cry), Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Elliot Cowan (Krypton), Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street), Andrew Koji (The Innocence), and Daryl McCormack (A Very English Scandal) are also said to be joining.
We did say it would be an ensemble.
Will there be a Peaky Blinders film?
Largely due to Peaky Blinders’ success across the pond, creator Steven Knight and producer Caryn Mandabach have been toying with the idea of a film spinoff.
“There are many people in America that love Peaky Blinders and plenty of movie stars that want to be in the movie,” Mandabach told Digital Spy. “We heard Julia Roberts wants to do it – but this is hearsay… I don’t really know for sure.”
With an impressive list of film credits, it’s easy to see Cillian Murphy taking Tommy to the big screen. “You’d have to be careful, but I’d be curious to do it,” Murphy revealed to Esquire.
That said, Mandabach has teased about playing off of Murphy’s stage background and turning the whole thing into a musical. “We’re actively having meetings about it,” she said. “You can only imagine those meetings are real fun.”
But for now, we must patiently await the next installment.
Is there a series 5 trailer?
While we have yet to see a full trailer for series 5, the BBC did release this first look peek to tide us over: