The smash hit television show that is Peaky Blinders has returned to television screens and season five promises to bring plenty of chaos and a whole heap of challenge for Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), gang leader and now Member of Parliament as the late 1920s dawn and he has to face all the challenges that come with it.
From the very offset, series creator Steven Knight tells his audience that everyone is playing for keeps this time, as Wall Street crashes and the start of the Great Depression is on the rise. While Tommy could see it coming, his other family couldn’t and this once again places enormous strain on the Shelby’s, but I’m certain that none of them has any idea how worse it’s actually going to get.
Alongside the dangers of the Great Depression, Tommy is also has to negotiate the bear pit that is politics and it’s here that he comes into contact with plenty of dangerous snakes. Chief among them is Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley, a genuine creep, who has plenty of ill intentions towards Tommy and who would go onto symbolize the rise of Fascism in early 20th century Britain.
It’s a real powder keg that Cillian Murphy’s Tommy finds himself in now and you can see this wain on his portrayal. Tommy now seems exhausted and worn down by the constant battles that he’s having to fight both in the streets and in the House of Commons and they’ll be plenty of drama that will surely ignite as he has to fight many battles on so many different fronts. The stage is set for some intriguing drama this season and Murphy’s talents are certainly up to the job.
This first episode of Peaky Blinders is again a gorgeous adaptation, and it beautifully shot and crafted. From the high end fashion of the late 1920s, to the cool toned colour palette that fills the screen, all of it wraps up its audience and pulls them deeper into the intrigue of this brand new season.
The build up has started for season five of Peaky Blinders and it is promising plenty of intrigue and I for one and well up for it this season.
Peaky Blinders airs weekly on Monday’s on Sky TV on BBC UKTV at 9.30pm.