I was really late on the ‘Peaky Blinders’ hype, finally coming round to watching it last Christmas.
I binged the entire thing in two days in what’s probably the greatest Xmas I’ve ever had.
I’m not afraid to admit that I fell head over heels for Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby) such is his roguish charm and charisma.
My man-crush even spilled over from Peaky Blinders into Cillian’s wider filmography, as I methodically sat through his entire catalogue of films.
As I say, it was the best Christmas ever.
If you remember at the end of last season, the Peaky Blinders had managed to oust the Mafia and the brilliant Luca Changretta, leaving the gang to expand their business in the US and for Tommy to make waves in the political scene.
Filming for season 5 is currently underway, but if the words of director Otto Bathurst (who directed three episodes of season 1) are to be believed, the show could be moving onto the big screen.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, he revealed:
“I think it’s actually being written. I think Steve, Steve Knight the writer, I think they’re planning something, yeah.”
Yep, it looks like it’s happening, folks.
Indeed the sentiment certainly seems to echo what good ol’ Cillian has previously said, with the actor confirming he’d be happy to take Tommy to Hollywood.
In an interview with Esquire, Murphy said:
“I think Steve [Knight] has some ideas. You’d have to be careful, but I’d be curious to do it.”
Man, I’m excited.
For now, though, season five will have to do, which is set for release on BBC One in 2019.
A BBC description for season five explains:
‘Series five 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.’
Furthermore, in an interview with the Birmingham Mail, Steven Knight (creator of Peaky Blinders) revealed that the new season will touch on the rise of fascism.
“We are going into the 30s now. There is so much stuff happening, so why not finish the job? The depression and the rise of fascism form part of the storyline. It is setting those things up. In the 30s across Europe and Britain there was the rise of fascism.”
While this is all exciting news, it’s sad that this year will be a Tommy Shelby-less Christmas.
In the words of the great Elvis Presley:
“It’ll be lonely this Christmas
Without you to hold
It’ll be lonely this Christmas
Lonely and cold
It’ll be cold so cold
Without you to hold