TV Show: Peaky Blinders Review Season Five (2019)

Quote from Peaky Blinders by Polly Gray

“Brave is going where no man has gone before.”



Creator: Steven Knight

Executive Producers: Caryn Mandabach, Jamie Glazebrook, Frith Tiplady, Steven Knight, Will Gould, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Read, Greg Brenman, Tommy Bulfin, Donald Mason, Patrick Spence, and Hugo Heppell

Writers: Steven Knight, Toby Finlay, and Stephen Russell

Directors: Colm McCarthy, Tim Mielants, David Caffrey, Anthony Byrne, Otto Bathurst, and Tom Harper

Major Cast: Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly, Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby, Ned Dennehy as Uncle Charlie Strong, Finn Cole as Michael Gray, Ian Peck as Curly, Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby, Packy Lee as Johnny Dogs, Natasha O’Keeffe as Lizzie Stark,  Kate Phillips as Linda Shelby, Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Esme Shelby, Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray, and Tony Pitts as Sergeant Moss

Other Notable Cast: Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley, Cosmo Jarvis as Barney, Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Colonel Ben Younger, Andrew Koji as Brilliant Chang, Annabelle Wallis as Grace Burgess, Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons, Neil Maskell as Winston Churchill, Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden, Benjamin Zephaniah as Jeremiah Jesus, Aidan Gillen as Aberama Gold, Jack Rowan as Bonnie Gold, Emmett J. Scanlan as Billy Grade, Daryl McCormack as Isaiah Jesus, Brian Gleeson as Jimmy McCavern, Elliot Cowan as Michael Levitt, Charlene McKenna as Captain Swing, and Kate Dickie as Mother Superior

Past Major and Notable Cast: Joe Cole as John Shelby, Paddy Considine as Father John Hughes, Charlie Creed-Miles as Billy Kimber, Adrien Brody as Luca Changretta, Noah Taylor as Darby Sabini, Gaite Jansen as Princess Tatiana Petrovna, Charlotte Riley as May Carleton, and Iddo Goldberg as Freddie Thorne

Episodes in each Season: 6

Running Time of Each Episode: 60 minutes


Peaky Blinders is my favorite show that plays on Netflix, hands down, although Narcos and The Last Kingdom are close behind it.  I’ve watched the show more than once despite there being many other options in my queue.  I blew through season five in one day although it wasn’t too hard because there’s only six episodes per season.  I wish there were a lot more, at least ten, because it’s that perfect of a show.  You have to hand it to Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson as the two remaining older Shelby brothers.  They have an awkward chemistry together that is great to watch.  Season five begins in 1929, right before the stock market crashes on Wall Street, which sends the Shelby company into a tailspin when it happens.  Tommy is now fully submerged in politics, of course with an angle, and his main nemesis is Oswald Mosley.  He’s played brilliantly by Sam Claflin and hard to believe he is the same actor from Me Before You and last two Hunger Games movies.  As Tommy’s plan to defeat Mosley gains traction, he seeks people from his past to help him execute his plan.  The problem with being on top is others wanting to knock you down whether reporter, politician, or rival gang member.  Tommy tries to keep his family and friends in check while scrambling to rebuild what was lost and not lose any more power along the way.   Tommy realizes there’s another rat in his inner circle during the final episode so based on this there is another season coming.  Despite missing Joe Cole as John Shelby, I’m glad to see a new character enter the Shelby family, an American woman named Gina, who is Michael Gray’s wife.  The rest of the Shelby family do what they do best.  Ada continues living her own life apart from Tommy with consequences.  Arthur continues to be a walking emotional time bomb with severe consequences.  Aunt Polly remains the voice of reason when things are tense.  Tommy continues to be haunted by Grace while his children provide extra family drama although he loves them fiercely.  This historical drama show has it all even in scenes when the character is never seen again.  Case in point is Kate Dickie in the first episode (GOT fans should recognize her).  Give it a try and watch it.

I rate Peaky Blinders Four Fingers and One Thumb.

It is PERFECT at 100%.



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