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Peaky Blinders

Series 3 - Episode 1

Thu 19 Dec 1am - 1:55am BBC Four
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Review

The 1920s gangsters return to our screens in full art-house finery. We’re used to seeing industrial Birmingham cast in monochrome, but for the series-three opener the scene shifts to a big Warwickshire mansion: Tommy (Cillian Murphy) has moved up in the world.

There’s a telling moment when the policeman on his gate announces a surprise visitor. In broad Brummie he intones, “May I introduce the Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna from Tbilisi, Georgia,” and we grasp the almost comic extent to which our gang of bookies is now, somehow, at the centre of major international affairs.

Don’t worry if the details of that plotline take a while to come into focus. What matters is how far Tommy and co have come. At his wedding (I won’t spoil the surprise as to who the bride is), the Shelbys are mingling with red-coated cavalry types at a reception awash with champagne (and cocaine). It’s a far cry from the backstreets of Small Heath. But be warned: Tommy still has his red right hand…

Summary

Thomas Shelby's long-awaited day has arrived, but in the middle of the celebrations, a mysterious visitor puts the entire Shelby family in danger, pulling the mob boss into a web of intrigue more lethal than anything he has yet encountered. Period crime drama, starring Cillian Murphy.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Aunt Polly Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
John Shelby Joe Cole
Michael Gray Finn Cole
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
Charlie Strong Ned Dennehy
Lizzie Stark Natasha O'Keeffe
Esme Shelby Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Princess Tatiana Petrovna Gaite Jansen
Jeremiah Jesus Benjamin Zephaniah
Ruben Oliver Alexander Siddig
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
Insp Moss Tony Pitts
Linda Shelby Kate Phillips
Anton Kaledin Richard Brake
Isiah Jordan Bolger
Finn Shelby Harry Kirton
Curly Ian Peck
Mary Wendy Nottingham
Charlotte Murray Stephanie Hyam
General Curran Richard Dillane
Undercover officer Brendan Gibson
Officer 1 Timothy Harker
Officer 2 John Purcell
Karl Shelby George Gwyther
Charles Shelby Billy Marwood
Wedding lady 1 Anna Wilson-Hall
Wedding lady 2 Sara Beasley
UVF hardman Branwell Donaghey
Director Tim Mielants
Producer Simon Maloney
Writer Steven Knight
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Drama