Warning: Peaky Blinders Spoilers Ahead
Filming for the highly anticipated fifth series of hit BBC show Peaky Blinders is about to start.
While we rewatch series one to four suffering from Peaky Blinders related withdrawal symptoms, the show’s creator Steven Knight and his team are hard at work on series five.
Although we have to wait until 2019 to see what Thomas Shelby and his crew are up to, details about what we can expect are starting to emerge.
But first, here’s a reminder at what went down in series four:
If you want everything in series five to be a surprise, I recommend you do not read on but many of us love to be teased with plot and character details.
Which is exactly what Knight provided in a recent interview with The Birmingham Mail, stating cameras will start rolling this autumn with the action taking place in the 1930s.
We are going into the 30’s now. There is so much stuff happening, so why not finish the job? The depression and the rise of fascism form part of the storyline.
It is setting those things up. In the 30’s across Europe and Britain there was the rise of fascism.
In my mind [the show] ends first air raid siren in the Second World War.
My mum told a story about the air raid siren going off and heru coming in, pulling the blankets off, and saying ‘come on, the buggers are here’.
Although Knight’s interview only gives us clues as to what drama will unfold, if you look at Paul Anderson’s (Arthur) interview with Metro earlier this year you can build a bigger picture.
As Tommy decided to become a Labour MP for Birmingham South in the series four finale, it looks like his new political power will see his criminal empire expand.
Arthur’s not gonna be a politician. He’s got political ties now, let’s put it that way, but you won’t see him at no rallies or in Parliament. What it gives Arthur and his family is more power. Tommy is in a position of power, and he can only get stronger in that position.
So we’ll all have more cover, we’ll have more opportunity, and more protection. And by protection I mean by society and the police and so on.
We’ll be able to get away with things under the guise of, ‘we’re politicians, we’re respectable’. But we’ll be able to manipulate things more. Arthur will be even more Arthur. So it will be a lot of fun.
Not only does series five sound ‘fun’ but also thrilling, dramatic and violent.
All six episodes of series five are set to be directed by Anthony Byrne whose work includes ITV’s Butterfly starring Anna Friel, as well as co-writing In Darkness with Game Of Thrones’ actor, Natalie Dormer.
We honestly can’t wait!
Series five of Peaky Blinders is due to air on BBC Two in 2019.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.