Premiered: August 25, 2019
On: BBC One
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Annabelle Wallis, Sophie Rundle, Ned Dennehy, Benjamin Zephaniah, Neil Maskell, Tom Hardy, Finn Cole, Natasha O’Keeffe, Packy Lee, Aidan Gillen, Kate Phillips, Charlie Murphy, Jack Rowan, Ian Peck, Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Brian Gleeson, Cosmo Jarvis, Kate Dickie, Andrew Koji, Harry Kirton, Daryl McCormack, Dave Simon, Emmett J. Scanlan, Haven-Leigh Clee, Elliot Cowan, Peter Campion, Charlene McKenna & Tim Woodward
The fifth season of Peaky Blinders takes a political turn as the 1920s end. Using a real-life figure as the main villain ups the intensity, but the plot has so much going on that the viewer might get a bit lost.
As a member of Parliament, Tommy (Cillian Murphy) begins an alliance with fascist Sir Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin). Michael (Finn Cole) returns to Britain from America with his new wife (Anya Taylor-Joy) after losing the family’s money in the stock market crash.
Claflin fantastically portrays Mosley and brings about visions of Hitler leading Germany. However, other character turns – especially in Michael and his wife Gina – are less entertaining.
Despite some storyline issues, the show is as visually stunning as ever and will keep you intrigued.
Final say: Falters a bit, but still one of the best television shows. ★★★★☆