When does Peaky Blinders season 5 start on BBC and what do we know about the plot and cast?

PEAKY Blinders is due to return later this year for season five, with the hit crime drama switching from BBC Two to BBC One, following its soaring success.

British actor Cillian Murphy will reprise his role as dapper Thomas Shelby in the latest instalment of the gangster fan-favourite. Here's everything you need to know…

When will season five of Peaky Blinders be on TV?

Season five of Peaky Blinders will be broadcast on BBC One later this year, however, an exact date is yet to be confirmed.

But the first episode of the fifth series was shown at Birmingham Town hall on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Peaky Blinders is expected to premiere this autumn, perhaps September, as filming wrapped up in January 2019, having started in October 2018.

Harry Kirton – who plays Finn – confirmed an autumnal return for the show on a Q&A session on Instagram.

He said: "Peaky is probably coming out at the other end of this year.

"So, September/October time. I'm very excited and you should be to. Finn has to grow up (in the new) season."

In the meantime, Netflix has seasons one to four on their streaming service.

The show is already set for a major shake-up when it returns, as it's been moved from its original home on BBC Two to BBC One.

What will the plot be in season five?

The Season four finale saw Tommy elected an MP for Birmingham South in a landslide vote as the Shelby clan assume more power than ever.

Series five of the crime family saga will also find the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929.

Meanwhile, creator Steven Knight has previously explained how he would like the upcoming series to explore the rise of fascism in the pre-second-world-war era.

In an interview with the Birmingham Mail, he explained, “There is so much stuff happening as we are going into the 30’s.

"The depression and the rise of fascism form part of the storyline. It is setting those things up.”

Who is in the cast of season five of Peaky Blinders?

The cast of Peaky Blinder season five is as follows:

  • Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby
  • Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly
  • Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby
  • Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby
  • Kate Phillips as Linda Shelby
  • Natasha O'Keeffe as Lizzie Stark
  • Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley
  • Finn Cole
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Kingsley Ben-Adir
  • Harry Kirton
  • Packy Lee
  • Ned Dennehy
  • Ian Peck
  • Benjamin Zephaniah

Also, new cast members Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brain Gleeson are joining the line-up, as is Elliot Cowan, Charlene McKenna, Andrew Koji and Daryl McCormack.

Of his new role, Sam said: “From Steven Knight’s writing to the consistently brilliant production, I couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show.”

Meanwhile, Anya enthused: “I could not possibly be more excited to be joining such a talented group of people. I can’t wait to get in and play this character.”

Could there be a Peaky Blinders movie?

Series creator and writer Steven Knight and his executive producer Caryn Mandabach admitted there have been talks surrounding the possibility of a film spin-off.

But when questioned, Murphy told Deadline he was hesitant about committing.

He said: “I’m sort of ambivalent about it. I’m sort of like, ‘Eh, yeah, I don’t know, I’m not sure’.

“I love the idea sort of theoretically, but it has to come at the right time, you know? You can’t alienate the beautiful democratic thing of television where everyone just watches it,” he added.

“Cinema is trickier because you gotta pay your $10, you gotta leave the kids at home.

“You’ve got to do all of that, so it’s different and also you have to compress the story into probably just an event rather than the whole arc that we’ve normally been doing.

 “It’s kind of a sexy idea, but I’ll reserve judgement until the idea is presented to me.”

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