Jasmine TomlinsonAugust 8th
2019

Fake mustache? Check. Mysterious glasses? Check. My patience for the 5th season of Peaky Blinders? Erm...

On Sunday 25th August, at 9pm, tv lovers all around the country will be cuddling up to watch BBC One's long-awaited 5th season of Peaky Blinders.

We've followed the clever boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his Peaky Blinders gang, a real 19th century urban youth gang who were active in the city from the 1890s and early twentieth century, as they grow their criminal organisation and escape from the grasp of important figures and society.

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Tommy Shelby is back, and is now the Right Honourable Thomas Shelby, Member of Parliament for Birmingham South. This position of power is to be challenged though, as he goes head to head with Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin), who is to become the leader of the British Union of Fascists. In the heat of 1929 Britain and the underside of interwar Birmingham society, we can expect 'stirrings of fascism and nationalism and populism', says creator Steven Knight, and an exploration of the flaws and developing errors within gangs and politics, from the inside-out.

As Screen Rant said: "The series revolves around the notion of social classes and empires, and how they rise and fall with a startling sort of predictability. As the show suggests, over time, empires become too big, too corrupt, and too complicated to sustain themselves and eventually, they collapse."

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Knight said: "Tommy has to face that and it's part of what I feel will hopefully, eventually, maybe be a rehabilitation of him because when he comes across that, how's he going to react? Is he going to go with it? Is he going to oppose it?” Corruption and collisions certainly seem to be on the way for this new season, as teasers reveal scenes of gun shots, burning cars and a suspicious dead body in Tommy's arms.

Last week, the BBC shared the first trailer for the new series of Peaky Blinders and it looks, well, blinding!

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Along with the trailer, the Beeb tweeted: "Power comes at a price. Get ready for the new series of #PeakyBlinders, coming soon to @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer."

With all this, we're wondering just what Shelby has got himself into this time, and if the conflict of the Wall street crash and chilling haunts to the show’s fascist themes are bigger than the Peaky Blinders could have ever imagined.

One line that stuck with me and has been spinning around in my head since the trailer, is 'sometimes, death is a kindness'. These contradicting statements perfectly set us up for the conflict and confusion held throughout the show. You can bet I'm counting down the days until the 25th!

What do you think is going to happen to the family business? Will Shelby succeed in his battle for power or will it all end in flames? I guess we've got to wait and see...

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