Peaky Blin­ders

The Peaky Blin­ders are un­der threat as a new se­ries be­gins...

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As the fourth se­ries opens, 1920s gang leader Tommy Shelby (Cil­lian Mur­phy) must find a way of res­cu­ing his fam­ily – all ar­rested at the end of the pre­vi­ous run – so he can take on his most dan­ger­ous en­emy yet. He­len McCrory re­turns, while new faces in this se­ries in­clude Aidan Gillen and Adrien Brody.

PEAKY BLIN­DERS Wed­nes­day, 9.00pm BBC2 Drama

Crime boss Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blin­ders are back, but af­ter re­ceiv­ing a dec­la­ra­tion of war from the US Mafia, the Birm­ing­ham crim­i­nal fam­ily knows it is fac­ing its most fear­some en­emy ever!

The ar­rival of Luca Changretta (Hol­ly­wood star Adrien Brody) and his men comes at the worst pos­si­ble time for Tommy, who is alone and vul­ner­a­ble af­ter the rest of the Shelby fam­ily were ar­rested at the end of last year’s se­ries.

‘Tommy thought he could keep go­ing with­out them,’ says Cil­lian Mur­phy, who plays him. ‘But when this new threat ar­rives, he re­alises he needs his fam­ily back.’

This week’s opener be­gins at Christ­mas 1925, with Tommy pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate the big day at home with son Char­lie. Yet, when he re­ceives a sin­is­ter mes­sage from Changretta, he springs into ac­tion.

The Mafia boss wants to avenge the mur­der of his fa­ther, and he’s de­ter­mined to wipe out the Shel­bys.

Show­down

‘The Peaky Blin­ders are fight­ing for their lives,’ ex­plains Cil­lian. ‘It’s the Mafia, so you can’t re­ally get any big­ger than that.’

With Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Char­lie Mur­phy (Happy Val­ley) join­ing the cast, plus Tom Hardy (Taboo) repris­ing his role as crime boss Al­fie Solomons, this year’s se­ries is set to be mem­o­rable.

‘Lots of big ac­tors want to be in the show and I was ex­cited to hear Adrien Brody was join­ing,’ says Cil­lian. ‘There’s go­ing to be a big show­down at some point!’

Playing a blinder… Cil­lian as

Tommy

Blood will be spilled… Adrien Brody and Cil­lian Mur­phy as Luca and Tommy

Hard man… Tom Hardy re­turns as gang­ster Al­fie

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