Peaky Blin­ders

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 19 OCTOBER -

Sea­son 3 BBC First (*119) 20:00 Drama

When last we checked in with gang­ster Thomas Shelby (Cil­lian Mur­phy) and his thugs in pe­riod drama Peaky Blin­ders (2013-cur­rent) in March 2016, it was a tale of mixed for­tunes. The gang had robbed bookie Sabini (Noah Tay­lor) at the races but Tommy was kid­napped by Ir­ish thugs on the or­ders of crooked In­spec­tor Camp­bell (Sam Neill) and he had a gun to his head in a field. Not that he fears death, hints Cil­lian. “He re­alised you’ve only got one go at this life and you might as well take as much as you can. That’s the scary thing about Thomas – he’s un­afraid of death.”

So where does that leave us as sea­son 3 starts tonight? Tommy isn’t dead and he’s get­ting mar­ried to for­mer spy Grace (Annabelle Wal­lis) who re­vealed in sea­son 2’s fi­nale (set two years ear­lier in the show’s world) that she was preg­nant. Im­pend­ing nup­tials and fa­ther­hood haven’t changed Tommy though – he’s still al­ways in con­trol all of the time, even go­ing so far as to haul the Blinder boys into the kitchen at his wed­ding and re­mind them “no co­caine” and “be on your best be­hav­iour!”

The fam­ily have moved out of the grimy Birm­ing­ham sub­urbs (where the show is mostly filmed) and live in a posh coun­try­side manor. That doesn’t mean the Blin­ders have given up their crime ways. Quite the op­po­site! They’re up to their chins in il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity and even a spot of le­git­i­mate business. And while there’s less to be seen of movie star Tom Hardy (Max in 2015 sci-fi movie Mad Max: Fury Road), who only pops up twice as vile Jewish mob boss Al­fie Solomons, he’s mes­meris­ing. “It’s a tribute to the show that it can at­tract the cal­i­bre of ac­tor like Tom,” says Cil­lian. But make no mis­take: Thomas is fight­ing for his life and his fam­ily this time round. And he won’t al­ways win…

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