Peaky Blinders Season 5 has officially been a thing since last fall’s epic Season 4 finale aired in the U.K., when the BBC almost immediately confirmed that a fifth season renewal was already a done deal, set to return to our screens in 2019.
Of course, Peaky Blinders Season 4 reaped record ratings for its U.K. airing, on BBC Two, culminating with 3.6 million viewers tuning in for the finale. While we’ll probably never know the hard figures for its U.S. performance on Netflix – due to the streaming giant’s secretiveness over those things – the show can point to the binge habits of American audiences for a lot of its current momentum, especially after ratings had temporarily hemorrhaged during Season 3.
Peaky Blinders Season 5 News
Peaky Blinders Season 5 details have emerged.
Creator Steven Knight provides a poignant plot synopsis, via Deadline, which also contains confirmation of the cast and the very first image (seen a few lines below). As Knight dishes on the plot:
“The story of the Peaky Blinders and of the Shelby family gets woven into the political fabric of Britain and Europe as the 1920s end and the 30s begin. Tommy Shelby faces the darkest force he has ever faced and his struggle is as relevant today as it was then.”
Knight’s description reflects the astounding evolution of the series, having started the odyssey of WWI veteran-turned-seedy-entrepreneur Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his family through the lens of a brutal, soot-strewn early-20th century gangster drama, dodging his rivals and the law.
Yet, recent seasons have seen Tommy’s crimson-soaked path towards a place in the legitimate business world come to apparent fruition as the hat-razor-wielding Peaky Blinders gang have – while suffering significant losses – become the backbone of Shelby Company, Ltd., a venture with diverse stakes in the Birmingham, England stomping grounds that they one violently ruled. However, it seems that the Shelby family will soon face an enemy that they can’t kill or outmaneuver: The Great Depression.
Consequently, Peaky Blinders Season 5 will begin with Tommy in his most dangerous undertaking yet, politics, serving as an MP. As the report details further reveal, he’ll be dealing with the turmoil of the 1929 crash while navigating the political field, notably when he is approached by “a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain,” yielding a response that will affect the future of his family and, possibly, the entire nation.
Peaky Blinders Season 5 Cast
There’s no surprises here, thus far. The confirmed cast members consist of returnees. Besides obvious personnel in primary trio Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson, the cast consists of:
Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Kate Phillips, Natasha O’Keefe, Aidan Gillen, Charlie Murphy, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Harry Kirton, Packy Lee, Ned Dennehy, Ian Peck and Benjamin Zephaniah.
However, more cast members are expected to be announced.
Peaky Blinders Season 5 Renewal
Creator Steven Knight has long indicated that he had five series of the show mapped out. However, even in a late-2017 interview with Deadline, he seemed even less sure that the end is nigh for the Birmingham-set period drama.
“The thought has long been to finish after season 5,” Knight mused. “But the momentum and love for the thing seems to still be growing exponentially and this is making us pause before deciding finally.”
Star Cillian Murphy also commented:
“Listen, you know Steve has so many ideas. He’s so inventive, I wouldn’t be surprised. For me, I’ve always said as long as the writing stays as good as it is, I’m around.”
Peaky Blinders Season 6 and 7?
Pertinent to its former ratings woes, Peaky Blinders has long been rumored to be a series that’s imminently set to wrap things up, and the buildup to Season 5 has been no exception. However, according to the latest rumblings from creator Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders Season 5 may not (as rumors constantly suggest,) be the final season after all, with deals (not yet finalized,) in the works for Seasons 6 and 7… and a ballet spinoff. (Yes, you read that right, a Peaky Blinders ballet!)
As Knight recently told the Birmingham Press Club (via Deadline,) regarding the possibility of the show continuing on into Seasons 6 and 7:
“We’ve talked to Cillian Murphy and he’s all for it, and the rest of the principal cast are in for it.”
The comment reaffirms what Knight told the outlet late last year, stating:
“I’ve always said as long as the writing stays as good as it is, I’m around.” Adding, “The thought has long been to finish after Season 5, but the momentum and love for the thing seems to still be growing exponentially and this is making us pause before deciding finally.”
As for the surreal concept of a Peaky Blinders ballet adaptation, Knight (who, last year, also toyed around with ideas for a Peaky Blinders musical,) confirms that he’s met with London’s South Bank-based, 1926-launched, Rambert dance company.
“I had a meeting with Rambert because they said they were interested in turning Peaky Blinders into a ballet,” Knight said, per local reports. “I don’t know where they would do it, but there was a view to premiering it here in Birmingham.”
More on Peaky Blinders Season 5 (and potentially Seasons 6 and 7,) as we have it.