Wednesday Peaky Blinders 9pm, BBC Two
JUST in time for festive season, Steven Knight’s panto without laughs returns, this time with extra-added frowning from this year’s guest dames Adrien Brody and Aidan Gillen. Oh yes they did. Things get going tonight with an episode that has both ends burning with cliffhangers. Last we saw of the Shelby brood, most of them – with the exception of slippery headman Tommy (Cillian Murphy) – were being rounded up by the rozzers and banged up in pokey. As we begin, they’re still all slumbering in the hoosegow, but they’re about to have a very rude awakening: dragged from their cells kicking and screaming and carted off to the execution chamber for a mass hanging…No! Elsewhere, we meet Tommy himself, looking like a much-changed man. He’s ditched his lethal flat cap, has somehow picked up an OBE, and is living the life far away as a well-respected gentleman of business. Rest assured, though, before the episode is out, there will be blood, and Tommy will have a very red right hand indeed. And the Black Hand to deal with.