The self deprecating and ruthless Thomas Shelby is returning to Netflix this fall. The streaming service has announced that the fifth season of the U.K. period crime Peaky Blinders will be released for international audiences outside the UK on October 4. We also have three new photos from the upcoming episodes along with new details, and the trailer if you missed it when it arrived back in July.
The series originally premiered on BBC Two in 2013 before moving to the streaming service as well. Season 5 is set to premiere on BBC on August 25, unfortunately, international viewers including those living in the United States, will have to wait until October to catch up with the gypsy gangsters. The series follows the Shelby family and their Birmingham-based gang called the Peaky Blinders. As the characters deal with the aftermath of World War I and the political and crime landscapes of England, drama and death ensues.
The series is marked by lived-in settings, conflicted charcters and nuanced performances. All set to the backdrop of real-life inspired events and references. The constant rise and fall of the Shelby enterprise allows for a slew of guest appearances including Adrien Brody as Italian-American mob leader Luca Changretta and Tom Hardy as the rambling Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons.
Season 5 of the series will see our main characters thrown into the chaos of the financial crash of 1929. Tommy Shelby, played by the talented Cillian Murphy (Dunkirk, Batman Begins), is a gangster-turned politician going into the fifth season. Still grieving from the death of his wife, Tommy is faced with monumental decisions when he is approached by a charismatic politician. Faced with the man's bold vision for Britain, Shelby holds the future of his family and the entire nation in his hands.
Murphy will be joined on screen by many of his returning cast members. Helen McCrory will once again take up the mantel of Shelby matriarch, Aunt Polly. Paul Anderson will return as conflicted, sometimes suicidal and older brother, Arthur Shelby, as will Kate Phillips as Arthur's wife, Linda. Sophie Rundle will appear as the only Shelby sister and moral compass, Ada.
Despite John Shelby's (Joe Cole) death in the earlier season, the actor's real-life younger brother Finn Cole is set to reprise his role as fresh-eyed cousin Michael Gray. Natasha O'Keefe is returning as Lizzie, Tommy's confidant, secretary and part-time lover. Also returning are: Aidan Gillen, Jack Rowan, Charlie Murphy, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Harry Kirton, Packy Lee, Ned Dennehy, Ian Peck, and Benjamin Zephaniah.
The period drama is welcoming a long list of newcomers this season as well. Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Me Before You star Sam Claflin stars as Oswald Mosley. Joining him is young, up and coming actress Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split). Also joining the cast this season are Brian Gleeson (Phantom Thread), Kate Dickie (The Witch), Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth), Emmett J Scanlan (Butterfly), and Neil Maskell (Kill List) as Winston Churchill.
Check out the trailer for season 5 of the series as well as some images of Murphy as the strong-willed Tommy below. Season 5 of Peaky Blinders premieres on BBC on Aug 5. The entire season will drop on Netflix on October 4. This news comes to us from Entertainment Weekly.