I wouldn’t usually admit stuff like that but I’m done pretending, I’m sexually attracted to Tommy Shelby. Not Cillian Murphy, though, as he’s dangerously average in real life, but there’s just something about the Peaky Blinders don that makes me want to drink from his Garrison all day, every day, and even twice on Sundays.
We all know that season 5 of the BBC drama is on the horizon but proper details have been dangerously elusive. Until now, that is, as to celebrate all four previous seasons being whacked on the BBC iPlayer, the iPlayer Twitter account tweeted out a retrospective trailer of what’s happened so far, with, and it’s a very interesting ‘with’, hidden details about the new season.
Watch it here yah scally.
You missed it didn’t you?
Well eagle-eyed fans have noticed that Tommy has swapped chalk alleys for the hallowed halls of Parliament, so let’s slow it down for you.
He’s only in bloody Parliament – our Tommy’s an MP!
It seems Tommy has been preparing to give his maiden speech in Westminster, before a later shot seems to show a bruise under his right eye — suggesting that he hasn’t completely moved on from his past life.
The clip also shows Big Ben, and some fans have speculated online that the position of the clock hands (pointing to eleven and one) could be a clue to season five’s release date. 1st November perhaps?
The official synopsis for the upcoming 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.”
The upcoming fifth season of Peaky Blinders is currently in post-production, and 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 – as well as spilling 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.”
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.”
Or, you know, November if the hands of Big Ben are anything to go by…
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.