Peaky Blinders

Series 3 - Episode 6

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Review

Many TV dramas move along predictable lines. We can generally sense the prevailing winds blowing within a plotline or a given scene. But not in Peaky Blinders, which winds up its third series with some thumping surprises. I can’t describe them without spoiling them, but you have to admire writer Steven Knight’s ability to deliver scenes that are both as meaty as a rugby prop forward and as liable to knock you sideways.

We’ve seen that already with the shooting of Grace. Tonight Tommy has other personal agonies that prey on him, even as he prepares to pull off the complicated business over armoured cars, trains, Russian aristocrats at Hampton Court, the latter’s priceless jewels and a tunnel under the Thames to steal them.

At the centre of the episode is another gloriously mad scene featuring – who else? – Jewish gangster/jester Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy). But it’s not him the Shelbys have to fear most: it’s that demon of a priest.

Summary

The third run of Steven Knight's period drama reaches its final episode, and yet again Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby finds himself in a seemingly impossible situation. Has his criminal life finally caught up with the Birmingham-based mobster? Tommy prepares to commit the most audacious crime of his career, only to receive an unexpected blow that puts him under unbearable pressure. In a nerve-shredding race against time, Tommy is forced to confront hard truths about himself and his family that could change the Peaky Blinders for ever. As he faces his worst fears he needs help more than ever - but is increasingly uncertain about who he can trust. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Aunt Polly Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
John Shelby Joe Cole
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
Michael Gray Finn Cole
Charlie Strong Ned Dennehy
Lizzie Stark Natasha O'Keeffe
Esme Shelby Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Princess Tatiana Petrovna Gaite Jansen
Ruben Oliver Alexander Siddig
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
Father John Hughes Paddy Considine
Alfie Solomons Tom Hardy
Insp Moss Tony Pitts
Curly Ian Peck
Finn Shelby Harry Kirton
Isiah Jordan Bolger
Linda Shelby Kate Phillips
Charlotte Murray Stephanie Hyam
Mary Wendy Nottingham
William Letso Peter Bankole
Monsieur Silk Dustin Demri-Burns
Daniel Preece Peter Rylands
Gilbert Palmer Paul Cawley
Charlie Shelby Billy Marwood
Businessman Bartley Burke
Lady 1 Caroline Lawrie
Lady 2 Helen Anderson
Lady 3 Kate Bowes Renna
Lady 4 Debra Penny
Bad nurse Paula Wharton
Director Tim Mielants
Producer Simon Maloney
Writer Steven Knight
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