It’s been a while since season 4 of Peaky Blinders aired at the end of 2017, and fans are chomping at the bit for more episodes!
The last season saw the war between the Shelby clan and Italian mobster Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody) come to an explosive conclusion, that also saw major casualties on both sides, and a final beach side confrontation between Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and Alfie Solomon (Tom Hardy).
With viewers eager for more, the series is back for another six episodes but with an added injection of political schemes too, as Tommy takes on another fierce opponent – parliament!
So when exactly can we expect the new episodes?
And who will be returning for them?
Mirror Online has gathered the information we can on the fifth outing for the Birmingham gangsters.
Peaky Blinders season 5 release date
The series is due to return in 2019, and we will probably see the series return in early Summer at the earliest.
The BFI Southbank will be showing a special preview of the first episode on July 23, 2019, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the series arrives as early as August.
The show will, however, be airing on BBC One now, instead of BBC Two, likely due to its global interest.
Peaky Blinders season 5 cast
Who is returning?
Cillian Murphy as Thomas “Tommy” Shelby
The head of the Peaky Blinders is now an MP – how will he navigate a world of politics on top of his criminal activities?
Helen McCrory as Polly Gray
Aunt Pol will be back to keep the Shelby boys on their toes.
Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby
Tommy’s older brother barely made it out of last season alive, will he be so lucky in the new episodes?
Finn Cole as Michael Gray
Polly’s ambitious son will continue to play a role in the leadership of the gangster mob.
Sophie Rundle as Ada Thorne
Tommy’s sister has become increasingly involved in her family business, but just how much of a role will she play this time round?
Natasha O’Keeffe as Lizzie Shelby
The former prostitute and loyal secretary for Tommy revealed that she was pregnant with his child last season and subsequently gave birth to his daughter Ruby and became his second wife, after the death of Grace (Annabelle Wallis) in season 3.
Kate Phillips as Linda Shelby
Arthur’s resilient and opinionated wife will be back to support her husband for the fifth outing.
Aidan Gillen as Aberama Gold
The Game of Thrones actor will be back as Tommy’s gangster ally and Polly’s lover will return to help the Shelbys.
Jack Rowan as Bonnie Gold
Aberama’s boxer son will return as another pair of fists for the Peaky Blinders.
Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden
Communist activist and lover to Tommy, Jessie helped him win his parliamentary election last season, but will she still be in his camp and his bed this time around?
Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby
The youngest Shelby brother is now firmly a member of the gangster machinations.
Also returning are supporting characters Ned Dennehy as Charlie Strong, Packy Lee as Johnny Dogs, Ian Peck as Curly, Benjamin Zephaniah as Jeremiah Jesus, and Jordan Bolger as Isiah Jesus.
Who isn’t coming back?
Gangsters like Jewish kingpin Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) , Tommy’s little brother John Shelby (Joe Cole) , and violent Italian mobster Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody) won’t be coming back, as their characters were all killed off in season 4.
Also not expected to return are Tommy’s former love interest and racehorse owner May Carleton (Charlotte Riley) and John’s embittered gypsy widow Esme Shelby (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) .
New cast members
Hunger Games star Sam Claflin will be joining the series as Oswald Mosley, the real-life British politician who would become the infamous leader of the British Union of Fascists.
The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy will also be joining as a feisty new gangster’s moll.
Snow White and the Huntsman’s Brian Gleeson is also added to the cast, along with Kill List’s Neil Maskell , and Game of Thrones star Kate Dickie .
Others to look out for are Hollyoaks star Emmett J Scanlan, Lady Macbeth’s Cosmo Jarvis, Charlene McKenna, Andrew Koji, Elliot Cowan, and Vikings’ Daryl McCormack .
So quite a few new faces to look forward to!
Peaky Blinders season 5 plot
We don’t know a huge amount about the plot for the new series, apart from the fact that it will explore the financial crisis of 1929, along with Tommy’s new role as the MP for Birmingham South and how he navigates the political sphere, specifically his relationship with Sam Claflin’s character, Oswald Mosley.
Inevitably, these new political connections will have a big effect on the Shelby family as a whole.
How the other new cast members fit in with the series are yet to be seen.
Peaky Blinders returns on BBC One in 2019.