Peaky Blinders season 5: How is series five different? Stars reveal all

Peaky Blinders season five reunites the Shelbys after the 1929 financial crash causes ructions across Britain. Beginning on BBC One soon, the latest series of the show has been described by those involved as the “best so far.” Here’s everything you need to know about what makes Peaky Blinders series five so powerful.

How is Peaky Blinders season 5 different to the rest?

Peaky Blinders season five will be returning to BBC One later this month.

This series will reunite the Shelbys as Tommy heads into the political fray as the Labour MP for Birmingham South.

Set just after the financial crash of 1929, it picks up with the prolific gang at a time of political turmoil.

Speaking at the recent London premiere of the series, the stars and crew spoke about how season five brings a whole new energy to the Shelby clan and is, according to writer Steven Knight, “the best so far.”

In the mind of executive producer Jamie Glazebrook, this comes down to the new genre fans can expect from series five in comparison to previous outings.

He told “The first one was Western with horses and bars and there was a gangster series in series two with nightclubs.

“The third was plotting the downfall of some country over there and there was a staircase with a portrait of a dead wife so it felt to me like Hitchcock and the fourth was full-on mafia war.

“I think [series five] is headed to political thriller and conspiracy thriller.”

Glazebrook also hinted this series will focus on Tommy as he begins to unravel with the resignation of his PTSD.

He added: “We’re now watching a character who is kind of losing it, which is very upsetting to see and we’re seeing people on the wider scale lose it because of the financial crash.”

This series also increases the glamour of the Shelby clan as they are now in the world of the mega-rich – complete with furs and expensive cars.

Sophie Rundle, who plays Ada Shelby in the show, explained: “Now they really do have power and they do have money and with Tommy rocking into politics, it’s like their attracting attention.

“You think back to series one when they were just street rats and now they’re like ‘of course, we’ve got a Bentley.’”

Another part of this fresh energy for the fifth outing comes from its new director Anthony Byrne, who Rundle describes as bringing a “punky” energy to the show.

She said: “I was really struck by how punky this series is. I quite like that he’s brought this punk, anarchic thing just as Tommy is entering politics.”

This series also sees the introduction of a politician called Oswald Mosley (played by Sam Clafin) who becomes the Shelbys’ major antagonist.

In the mind of Helen McCrory, who plays Polly Shelby, the journey this ignites in season five means it is the strongest yet in the drama.

The actor told “From the producers’ point of view, this is their strongest season.

“There’s not many things that you can say that about, that continue to grow and I think nobody rests on their laurels.

She added: “It’s hard to be in season five and still be getting better and better but he [Steven Knight] did it.”

Peaky Blinders will premiere on Sun 25th Aug, 9pm on BBC One

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