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Peaky Blinders

Series 1 - Episode 5

Monday 1:55am - 2:55am BBC Four
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Review

The gritty saga of Birmingham gangsters keeps finding new ways to keep us riveted. Tonight, one judderingly strong scene follows another in an episode that draws together all the plot strands and twists them in satisfying ways. Basically, this feels as if it should be the series finale – lord knows what they’ve saved for next week.

Placid gang boss Tommy (Cillian Murphy) gets an ultimatum from the IRA (“You deliver the guns to me or I deliver death and hell’s fury to you and your little tribe of heathens”) and ropes Grace in to help him respond. Meanwhile, Tommy’s father turns up out of the blue and puts wayward Arthur under his spell – a storyline that recruits Tom Waits to the soundtrack again, underscoring its sadness nicely.

Summary

Thomas deals with an IRA chief who has come to Small Heath to avenge his cousin's death. Meanwhile, Campbell gets closer to finding the stolen guns and Grace has to decide whether her loyalties lie with the inspector or with Thomas. Period gangster drama, starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Insp Chester Campbell Sam Neill
Aunt Polly Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
Freddie Thorne Iddo Goldberg
Grace Burgess Annabelle Wallis
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
John Shelby Joe Cole
Arthur Senior Tommy Flanagan
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
Marston Nick Holder
Finn Shelby Alfie Evans-Meese
Byrne Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Maguire Keith Dunphy
Sgt Moss Tony Pitts
Harry Fenton Neil Bell
Esme Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Director Tom Harper
Producer Katie Swinden
Writer Steven Knight
Writer Toby Finlay
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