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Peaky Blinders

Series 2 - Episode 4

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Review

Uh-oh, here’s trouble. The Italian mob boss Sabini (Noah Taylor) and the Jewish mob boss Solomons (Tom Hardy) call a meeting. Given that our Birmingham boys have successfully been playing one lot off against the other, any rapprochement would be very bad news. It’s the kind of bristling scene, full of suppressed violence, that writer Steven Knight knocks out beautifully.

There are a couple of those between Tommy and super-cop Major Campbell (Sam Neill), too, including one involving some unlikely allies. They have a secret task for Tommy that can only add to his problems, though that impassive, angelic face never shows the strain. Not for the first time, we get the feeling that his war service left such deep scars on Tommy that nothing much will ever trouble him again.

Meanwhile, the beautiful, well-to-do widow from the horse auction comes to collect the horse Tommy wants to train for the Derby. Or does he have some other kind of caper in mind?

Summary

Arthur leads the Peaky Blinders in their plot to take over London's Eden Club, and an angry Sabini manages to convince Alfie to put their feud to one side and help him destroy the gang. Tommy hires society darling May Carleton to train his race horse and they quickly form a close relationship, and he later discovers the truth about the mission he is being forced to undertake for Major Campbell. Is he on the verge of losing everything as he becomes embroiled in Campbell's political game? Back in Birmingham, Polly's son Michael soon discovers the dark side of the family business.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Maj Chester Campbell Sam Neill
Polly Gray Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
John Shelby Joe Cole
May Carleton Charlotte Riley
Charlie Strong Ned Dennehy
Michael Gray Finn Cole
Darby Sabini Noah Taylor
Alfie Solomons Tom Hardy
Irene O'Donnell Simone Kirby
Donal Rory Keenan
Billy Kitchen Paul Bullion
Mario Dorian Lough
Lizzie Stark Natasha O'Keeffe
Esme Shelby Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Curly Ian Peck
Finn Shelby Harry Kirton
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
James Josh O'Connor
George Sewell Sam Hazeldine
Ollie Adam El Hagar
Isiah Jordan Bolger
Paddy Watts Joe Macaulay
Clive Macmillan Henry Garrett
Field Marshal Russell James Richard Marshall
Policeman Benedict Relton
Older barman of Marquis Nicolas Tennant
The Digbeth kid's sister Bethan Caddick
Jimmy Jesus Benjamin Zephaniah
Director Colm McCarthy
Producer Laurie Borg
Writer Steven Knight
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