Warning you right now, spoilers will be found in this article.
Tom Hardy returns to Peaky Blinders as character Alfie Solomons in Wednesday’s episode – the fourth of the current series.
Speaking to Digital Spy, series creator and writer Steven Knight revealed Alfie has ‘quite a bumpy road’ ahead of him. Interesting.
Knight said Mr Solomons will be both a ‘friend and an enemy’.
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Once again, he’s going to be a friend and an enemy. You can’t trust him, but you can trust him to behave like Alfie Solomons! And of course, Tom loves the role, and he really throws himself into it.
It’s just brilliant to have that presence in the series. But yeah, he’s a big part of the series.
And to top it all off, the episode – titled ‘Dangerous’ – sounds like it’s going to be a good one.
The synopsis on the BBC website reads:
The Peaky Blinders are lured by the Italians into a cat-and-mouse chase on the streets of Birmingham, where it becomes clear that Tommy has met his match.
Trapped in Small Heath, Tommy tries to console himself with a visit from an old flame but it soon becomes clear that he can’t always get what he wants.
As his factory lies idle, Tommy confronts the possibility that the Communists might win and he will be deemed a traitor to his class. Meanwhile, Changretta prepares to spring another trap.
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) December 4, 2017
And I think it’s pretty safe to say the news of Hardy’s return to the show has gone down quite well with viewers.
I could be wrong.
One person pointed out BBC Two’s tweet sounded as they were ‘fed up’ at fans asking when Tom will be back.
My mannnnn Tom Hardy
— Eloise (@eloisieeeee) December 4, 2017
At last ?
— Lynne Martin (@MartinLynleeash) December 4, 2017
I loveeeeee Tom Hardy. Fan-damn-Tastic…..is it wednesday yet
— Jennet Humphry (@Miss_Dibbly) December 4, 2017
Yay! Solomon’s back & still doesn’t care about anything!!! ?
— Carole Caple (@carole_caple) December 4, 2017
This make me too happy. Can’t wait!
— FirstStarscout (@FirstStarscout) December 4, 2017
@craigmorrin13 looks like Wednesday's episode is gonna be a good one ???
— Jennifer Byrne (@JenByrne1) December 4, 2017
Dear @BBCTwo, you sound a tad fed up that people are always asking when Tom will be back ???
— Bella (@ziabell) December 4, 2017
It was also revealed actor Finn Cole, who plays Michael Gray in the BBC show, isn’t the only Cole donning a flatcap – his brother Joe Cole (not the footballer), plays John Shelby.
They previously starred together in the film Offender – Joe played the lead in the thriller, set inside a juvenile prison, while brother Finn landed a smaller role.
Writer and producer, Jonathan Lisco, said, according to IMDB:
While casting J, I wasn’t looking at credits. We were looking for someone who could move us or break our hearts, or have some kind of riveting effect.
When I saw his tape, I didn’t know that he was in Peaky Blinders. He has an inscrutable quality but doesn’t come off merely as a cipher.
J has a lot going on behind his eyes, but you didn’t feel like he’s thoroughly innocent. He’s not some pure kid.
There have been suggestions the show will sadly come to an end after the fifth series, and creator Steve Knight is now looking at where to take the story after the television programme finishes.
We are also keeping our minds open as regards to a movie and we are making progress on the musical.
Peaky is now a beast that will not die.