'Peaky Blinders' season 5: Release date, cast, plot, news, trailers and everything you need to know about the BBC One show

'Peaky Blinders' season 5 is expected to air on BBC One soon and there is a possibility of the show being picked up for two more seasons, as show creator Steven Knight hopes

                            'Peaky Blinders' season 5: Release date, cast, plot, news, trailers and everything you need to know about the BBC One show

'Peaky Blinders' season 5 will soon air on BBC One and we can't wait to see how Tommy Shelby weighs opposite the 'Billy Boys' — Bridgeton Derry Gang. The show's creator Steven Knight has already teased fans by indirectly referring to the fifth season as the 'best one yet' in one of his tweets after being nominated for an award. 

In a note addressed to fans shared by the 'Peaky Blinders' official Twitter handle, he wrote, "This is Steve Knight and I want to directly thank all those who voted for our beloved 'Peaky Blinders'. It means so much to all of us. I am in New York for the premiere of my film so couldn't collect the award last night. Cast and crew had just finished filming and were exhausted. An award voted for by the viewers is valued by most of us. Thank you again. The best is yet to come."  


Release date

'Peaky Blinders' will finally unleash their power again with season five as it moves from BBC Two to BBC One. The first episode will premiere on Sunday, August 25 at 9pm ET. However, international viewers might have to wait a little more. "For all our fans outside the UK, we can confirm that #PeakyBlinders Series 5 will be available on @netflix internationally from Friday 4th October," the official account announced.


The official plot synopsis 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 realizes that his response will affect not just his family's future but that of the entire nation."

There are multiple theories about what will happen in the upcoming season and the one that is most discussed is Tommy being elected as MP for Birmingham South while the other members of the Shelby family face Luca Changretta, who is out for revenge over Vincente Changretta's death. Fans expect the next season to have a political tone, that was otherwise absent or minimal in the previous seasons. With the Shelby's facing the Billy Boys, and Tommy's new position there is a lot that could take place. The influence of the Wall Street Crash that resulted in a financial turmoil in 1929 will also be present and the new season will see the rise of fascism in the shape of real-life politician Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin). 


Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy attends the 'Free Fire' Closing Night Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 16, 2016 in London, England.

Cillian Murphy plays the leader of 'Peaky Blinders', Thomas Shelby. He is also known as Tommy Shelby in the show. The actor is known for his stint in films like 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' (2006), 'Sunshine' (2007), 'The Edge of Love' (2008), 'Inception' (2010) and 'Peacock' (2010).

Helena McCrory

Helena McCrory as Aunt Polly

Helena McCrory essays the role of matriarchal head of the gangster family, Polly Gray. She is lovingly known as Aunt Polly in the show. The actress has previously starred in movies like 'Interview with the Vampire' (1994), 'Charlotte Gray' (2001), 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (2002), 'Casanova' (2005) and 'The Queen' (2006).

Sam Claflin


Sam Claflin as the British Fascist leader, Oswald Mosley. 

Sam Claflin will take on the role of real-life fascist leader Oswald Mosley in season five of the show. The actor has previously starred in films like 'The Hunger Games film series', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and 'Me Before You'.

Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby), Finn Cole (Michael Gray), Sophie Rundle (Ada Thorne) are all set to return. Kate Phillips will return as Arthur’s wife Linda, while Natasha O’Keeffe plays Lizzie Stark – now married to Tommy. Also confirmed to return are Charlie Murphy (as trade union leader Jessie Eden), Kingsley Ben-Adir (as Colonel Ben Younger), Harry Kirton (as Finn Shelby), Packy Lee (Johnny Dogs), Ned Dennehy (as Uncle Charlie), Ian Peck (as Curly), Benjamin Zephaniah (as Jeremiah Jesus).

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen will also be returning as gypsy leader Aberama Gold, alongside Jack Rowan as his son Bonnie Gold.


Steven Knight

Director Steven Knight attends the 'Locke' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at the Sala Darsena on September 2, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Getty Images)

The writer and creator of 'Peaky Blinders', Steven Knight is one of three creators of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' and has written for BBC's 'Commercial Breakdown', 'The Detectives' and 'Taboo'. Otto Bathurst, Tom Harper, Colm McCarthy, Tim Mielants, David Caffrey and Anthony Byrne are the directors. BBC Studios produced the show in association with Caryn Mandabach Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and Screen Yorkshire. The series is distributed by BBC.


Creator Steven Knight also revealed that he has already begun writing season 6 of the show. He told Slate, "I’m about to start writing season 6 now and if all the wheels fall off, or it goes horribly wrong, there are probably people that will say something. But at this moment, it has its own logic and momentum. Right now, it feels as if the characters are just writing themselves."

While it is unclear if the series will officially be picked for season 6 and 7 as Steven wants it to be, the writer wants to end the show with the first air raid siren in 1939, Birmingham. He had also said in May 2018, "My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars, so always 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]."

Also, David Beckham's style might be influenced by 'Peaky Blinders', but no! He is not a part of the series. Yes, he did appear on the sets of the show and share pictures of himself dressed like someone from the world of the show, but he will not be seen in the show. The footballer is instead set to begin a fashion line themed around the show.


After a glimpse of Tommy in BBC One's trailer featuring all the upcoming shows, fans are also sure that there is another death that will occur in the upcoming season. 


Where to watch

You can live stream the episodes on BBC One and Netflix when it premieres on Sunday, August 25 at 9 pm ET. For the international audience, it will be available for streaming on Netflix from October 4.

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