Beeb’s heart-pound­ing tale of a by­gone bloody Birm­ing­ham re­turns in fine style

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LAST time we saw the Peaky Blinders, there was a lot of scream­ing and shov­ing as half of them were hauled off by the au­thor­i­ties.

Polly (He­len McCrory), Arthur (Paul An­der­son), John (Joe Cole) and Michael (Finn Cole) were ar­rested – and what was worse, it seemed to be Tommy Shelby (Cil­lian Mur­phy) who had dobbed them in.

“I’ve made a deal with peo­ple even more pow­er­ful than our ene­mies,” he said. So now what? Well as se­ries four starts, there are new lev­els of in­ten­sity. And that is say­ing some­thing for this gritty crime drama where some­one can be killed at any mo­ment.

Be­fore the open­ing cred­its even start, we see the four ar­rested gang­sters all be­ing led to the noose as Shelby tries to save them in time. And, un­der­stand­ably, they’re all ter­ri­fied. Let’s just say that you’ll be hooked in the first 30 sec­onds.

Other rea­sons to watch in­clude Tom Hardy, and new­com­ers Game of Thrones’ Ai­dan Gillen and Adrien Brody.

There’s also a cool sound­track, some ad­mirable flat caps and a (loose) historical ba­sis on a real life crim­i­nal gang from Birm­ing­ham.

A bit Brum­mie meets Hol­ly­wood, this is a bril­liantly-acted, bel­ter of a TV show.

Cil­lian Mur­phy’s char­ac­ter ap­peared to have be­trayed his gang at the end of the last se­ries He­len McCrory re­turns as Aunt Polly

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