I knew he existed – having watched Batman Begins and Inception – but I’d never paid that much attention to him.
Then along came Peaky Blinders and immediately he was thrust into my awareness, three-piece suit, flat cap and all.
The show is great, don’t get me wrong, but he undoubtedly makes it what it is; he’s got the lovable rogue-vibe going on as well as though gorgeous cheeky bones and while his Brummie accent leaves a lot to be desired I still go weak at the knees.
Oddly enough he’s nothing special in real life, though. Weird.
Anyway, the upcoming fifth season of Peaky Blinders is currently in post-production, but we know it’s set to pick up in 1929 after the stock market crash with Tommy beginning his political career in the midst fascism sweeping across Europe.
In a previous interview, the show’s creator, Steven Knight, said that the upcoming episodes are “on another level” and “fantastic” – which of course, you’d expect him to say – but now he’s also spilled the beans on what will happen to Tommy when all is said and done.
“I want to take him on that journey from the person we saw [in series one], to the person he will become in 1939,” said Knight, per Variety.
“[Series seven] will tell a different story, where Tommy Shelby – who begins as this nihilistic, looking-out only for his family person – will be redeemed, and he will become good.”
Tommy’s arc is set to come full circle then as he seemingly leaves his violent, gangster past behind and becomes a more wholesome, reformed member of society. Knight also previously said that the next few seasons will take the Peaky Blinders up to the outbreak of World War II, so maybe he’ll do some good for the Allied forces or something.
He also added that he wanted the show to challenge misconceptions about the working class in the UK.
“The tradition in Britain is if you do anything about working class people either they are scary or funny or it is a shame, it’s a pity … we must feel sorry for them.”
“The experiences I had of working-class life was of people enjoying themselves, having a laugh, having fun, having self-respect; they were in control of their own destinies to an extent, and so I wanted to reflect that. So you had a working-class environment where these people are sort of aristocracy in a way within their own community.”
A pretty far cry from the recent claims by an academic that the show glorifies violence, nationalist ideologies and toxic masculinity. Yes, really.
In terms of when season 5 will air, the BBC haven’t confirmed an official date yet but Harry Kirton (Finn) has previously said:
“Peaky is probably coming out at the other end of this year. So, September/October time. I’m very excited and you should be to. Finn has to grow up (in the new) season.”
There you have it.
I love summer and I don’t want to wish my time away but can it be September already?
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