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The Noose

Series 4 - Episode 1 The Noose

Fri 22 Nov 12:30am - 1:30am BBC Four
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Review

Series four of the very cool crime saga opens with early-morning light... on a noose. In fact, a row of nooses. The last series closed, you may remember, with most of the Shelby clan – apart from kingpin Tommy – being carted off by the police. So it looks ominous as Michael, Arthur, John and Polly are dragged from their cells to face the gallows…

That makes for a gripping start, but after initial melodrama, there may be moments when you think things have become rather too genteel for our Brummie gangsters in 1925. Tommy wears little round glasses these days, more poet than godfather, and sometime psychopath Arthur has a smallholding where he gathers hens’ eggs. Don’t worry: it all kicks off into shocking violence soon enough.

And along the way there is a run of those dark, sad scenes Steven Knight writes better than anyone else around. It’s good to have the Blinders back.

Summary

Tommy receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve 1925 and realises that the Shelbys are in danger of annihilation, despite his new-found and unprecedented legitimacy. As the enemy closes in, Tommy flees his country house and returns to the only safe place he knows - Small Heath, Birmingham, where the family must find a way to put differences aside, take up arms and fight for survival.

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
Lizzie Stark Natasha O'Keeffe
Esme Shelby Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Linda Shelby Kate Phillips
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
Jessie Eden Charlie Murphy
Luca Changretta Adrien Brody
Michael's Priest Andrew Caley
Edward Roberts Jolyon Coy
Arthur Bigge Donald Sumpter
Billy Andrew Jefferson-Tierney
Billy Shelby Ethan Picard-Edwards
Frances Pauline Turner
Customs officer Matt Emery
Matteo Luca Matteo Zizzari
Frederico Jake J Meniani
Charles Shelby Jenson Clarke
Antonio Andreas Munoz
Chef Joseph Long
Director David Caffrey
Executive Producer Caryn Mandabach
Executive Producer Steven Knight
Executive Producer Will Gould
Executive Producer Jamie Glazebrook
Executive Producer Frith Tiplady
Executive Producer Cillian Murphy
Executive Producer Tommy Bulfin
Producer Joe Donaldson
Writer Steven Knight
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