The Duel

Series 4 - Episode 5 The Duel



Someone should have had a quiet word with Adrien Brody and told him to get rid of the matchstick he uses as a prop in almost every scene. His portrayal of languid New York Mafioso Luca Changretta is enjoyably ripe and nasty but the matchstick between his teeth almost tips it over into cliché. He doesn’t quite say “Fuhgeddaboudit” at any point, but you wouldn’t be surprised.

No matter. Writer Steven Knight and his cast have cooked up another wickedly enjoyable brew of violence, betrayal and seduction in unlikely places. To start with, Tommy takes on Luca and his hoods with the help of a whopping great machine gun. Then Lizzie breaks her news, Ada gets arrested by the Army and Polly shares a rather magical woodland scene with an unexpected suitor.

For light relief there’s another hilarious helping of Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy). Nobody can taunt a fellow hard man quite like him.


Tommy finds himself engaged in bloody battle with Luca Changretta and his gang. The family gather to find out what happened, but Lizzie has even greater news to break. Meanwhile, an army colonel has questions for Ada about her past as a Communist, and Jessie Eden confirms just how far she is prepared to go in pursuit of her cause. Sensing an opportunity to capitalise on his situation, Luca Changretta makes his way to London to present a plan to Alfie Solomons. Starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Adrien Brody.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Aunt Polly Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
Aberama Gold Aidan Gillen
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
Michael Gray Finn Cole
Jessie Eden Charlie Murphy
Lizzie Stark Natasha O'Keeffe
Linda Shelby Kate Phillips
Charlie Strong Ned Dennehy
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
Curly Ian Peck
Bonnie Gold Jack Rowan
Luca Changretta Adrien Brody
Alfie Solomons Tom Hardy
Frederico Jake J Meniani
Matteo Luca Matteo Zizzari
Inspector Moss Tony Pitts
Charles Shelby Jenson Clarke
Finn Shelby Harry Kirton
Female Officer Gemma Layton
Col Ben Younger Kingsley Ben-Adir
King Maine Daniel Feam
Isiah Jordan Bolger
Referee James McCosh
Director David Caffrey
Executive Producer Cillian Murphy
Executive Producer Tommy Bulfin
Executive Producer Frith Tiplady
Executive Producer Jamie Glazebrook
Executive Producer Will Gould
Executive Producer Steven Knight
Executive Producer Caryn Mandabach
Producer Joe Donaldson
Writer Steven Knight
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