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Black Tuesday

Series 5 - Episode 1 Black Tuesday

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Review

It’s time once again to become immersed in the soot, grime and greyness of this Brummie Scorsese. As the theme tune’s tubular bell of doom sounds for series five, Steven Knight’s snarling crime drama has now sold to 183 countries. Similarly, the influence of the evil-doing Shelby clan has now spread far and wide: Michael is in Detroit, Polly is in Monte Carlo... and the world is about to come crashing down around them all. It is October 1929.

Fans who have waited nearly two years for the return of this 18-certificate pulp noir will be happy to see that its tricks of the trade are present and correct: the stylish photography, the slow-mo “hero walks” to raucous rock... If anything the last outing’s guest madman – Adrien Brody’s matchstick-in-the-teeth mafioso – was too much the cartoon. But his demise and that of Tom Hardy’s volatile booze baron Alfie have left an arch-rival-shaped hole for Tommy Shelby, whom you’ll recall is now an MP (Cillian Murphy is still chillingly charismatic). Will that hole be filled by Sam Claflin’s sleek politician with incendiary views... whose name is Oswald Mosley?

Summary

New series. The Wall Street Crash brings the Shelby family back together when the implications for the family business become clear. Meanwhile, Tommy's political career is going from strength to strength, but its is not long before ghosts from his past threaten to undermine his position. Return of the period drama, starring Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Aunt Polly Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
Michael Gray Finn Cole
Grace Annabelle Wallis
Lizzie Shelby Natasha O'Keeffe
Linda Shelby Kate Phillips
Gina Gray Anya Taylor-Joy
Col Ben Younger Kingsley Ben-Adir
Johnny Dogs Packy Lee
Aberama Gold Aidan Gillen
Oswald Mosley Sam Claflin
Finn Shelby Harry Kirton
Isiah Daryl McCormack
Charles Shelby Jenson Clarke
Peter Robert Hook
Ruby Shelby Heaven-Leigh Clee
Baba Vincent Wang
Leon Greene Elliot Levey
Edna Gemma Page
Micky Gibbs Peter Campion
Young lad Liam Scholes
Old man Ian Blower
Man 1 David Perks
Man 2 Adam Speers
Tory MP Malcolm Tomlinson
Lord Suckerby Tim Woodward
Adam Parker Samuel Blenkin
Michael Levitt Elliot Cowan
Frances Pauline Turner
Director Anthony Byrne
Executive Producer Caryn Mandabach
Executive Producer Steven Knight
Executive Producer Jamie Glazebrook
Executive Producer Cillian Murphy
Executive Producer Tommy Bulfin
Executive Producer David Mason
Executive Producer Patrick Spence
Producer Ann Harrison-Baxter
Writer Steven Knight
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