‘Slow-burn­ing, stylish bril­liance: Peaky Blin­ders re­turns in all its glory’

BBC Two, 9pm

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Not for noth­ing is the tri­umphant re­turn of writer Steven Knight’s Birm­ing­ham gang­land saga en­ti­tled The Noose, how­ever it is death by a very dif­fer­ent hand that es­tranged clan chief Tommy Shelby (the ex­cel­lent Cil­lian Mur­phy, above, cen­tre) is seek­ing to avoid, fol­low­ing the ar­rival of a mys­te­ri­ous Christ­mas card. By the end of the last se­ries, it was tempt­ing to think that the show had run out of steam, that the Shel­bys had grown too sleek and pam­pered, dis­persed to their ru­ral re­treats. Now, in the face of an all-out as­sault and de­spite lush Polly’s re­luc­tance, Tommy calls a fam­ily meet­ing to un­der­line how vi­tal it is for ev­ery­one to re­unite: “We’re not the Peaky Blin­ders un­less we’re to­gether.” Ten­sion brings out the best in this drama and this episode is one of the most com­pelling to date. Slow-burn­ing, stylish Brum­mie bril­liance. With Adrien Brody.

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