Peaky Blinders season 4: Everything we know so far

The Birmingham-based gangster series’ return is imminent. What will the Shelbys be up to, will all the old faces return and which Oscar-winning star is joining the cast?

If you usually find period dramas a little twee and a bit too polite, then Peaky Blinders is probably much more to your taste.

The violent, sweary and oh-so-stylish gangland tale is coming back for a fourth season this autumn and we can’t wait to see what’s about to befall the Shelby clan this time.

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Whet your appetite for the new episodes with a look at everything we know about them so far.

Watch the first two minutes of Peaky Blinders season 4

Are the Shelbys about to hang for their crimes? The dramatic opening two minutes show the family in a tight spot and it looks like Arthur, Polly, Michael and John might die. Who will survive?

 

When is Peaky Blinders back on TV?

The programme will return for a fourth series on Wednesday, November 15 at 9pm on BBC Two. Announcing the news, the show's official Twitter account shared a new teaser for the forthcoming episodes.

Who is returning? Any new faces?

Star of the show Cillian Murphy is of course poised to step back into the shoes of Tommy Shelby once more and promo shots show that he’ll be joined by the other major characters.

Paul Anderson and Joe Cole are returning as Tommy’s brothers Arthur and John, despite John being locked up at the end of season three.

Helen McCrory also features in the newly-released promotional shot as Aunt Polly and creator Steven Knight has confirmed that star of the moment Tom Hardy has found time to film his scenes as Alfie Solomons.

Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Kate Phillips will all be making reappearances too, as Ada Shelby, Michael Gray, Esme Shelby and Linda Shelby respectively.

Fans can also expect to see series regulars Natasha O’Keeffe and Packy Lee back as Lizzie Stark and Johnny Dogs.

The big new signing for this season is Oscar winner Adrien Brody - playing New York gangster Luca Changretta - who Knight is understandably feeling pretty pleased about having snared.

He said: “It’s fantastic to have Adrien join our team. He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I’m sure he will be a formidable presence in the world of the Peaky Blinders.”

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Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen is also being welcomed to the cast as is Happy Valley’s Charlie Murphy, and Charlotte Riley will return alongside husband Hardy to play horse trainer and Tommy’s ex May Carleton.

Knight said: “We have a dream team gathered for series four of Peaky Blinders, coming to us for love of the series which is great. Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen and Charlie Murphy give us a wealth of talent to work with, and with Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley returning we couldn’t have hoped for more.”

What will the Shelbys be up to in season four?

The story picks up six months after the end of season three – it’s Christmas time, but the Birmingham-based gangster family are not exactly feeling festive.

Offering a taste of what’s to come, the BBC synopsis reads: “When he receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve, Thomas Shelby realises that the Peaky Blinders are in danger of annihilation. As the enemy closes in, Shelby flees his country house and returns to the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham, where a desperate fight for survival begins.”

We’ve seen the Shelbys try their luck across the Atlantic in previous series, but this time the action heads back to where it began.

Show star Murphy told Irish radio station Today FM: "In the classic gangster arc, the last season was sort of all about the wealth, the house and all that material stuff. This season is sort of a return to the roots. That's about as much as I can reveal."

He added to the BBC: "I think his family think that he's betrayed them, and it will be up to Tommy to demonstrate to them that he hasn't betrayed them, and that he has a bigger plan.

"The question is what that bigger plan is. Who is he going to call? What's going to happen to the family? Can he ever get that level of trust or love back again?

"I think he will never stop. Because of what happened to him in the First World War, I think it's never going to stop. He'll just always be this man searching for something.

"I think that even if he achieved all this material wealth and he achieves some sort of position of power… I don't see him retiring with a pipe and slippers, that's for sure."

Watch the series 4 trailer

The first trailer for season 4 was released on September 29th.

Will there be a Peaky Blinders film?

The idea of the Shelbys heading to the big screen has been touted by its creators in the past, but Murphy isn’t so sure that he wants to see Tommy at the cinema.

He explained to US film site Deadline: "I'm sort of ambivalent about it. I'm sort of like, 'Eh, yeah, I don't know, I'm not sure'.

"I love the idea sort of theoretically, but it has to come at the right time, you know? You can't alienate the beautiful democratic thing of television where everyone just watches it.

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"Cinema is trickier because you’ve got to pay your $10, you’ve got to leave the kids at home. You've got to do all of that, so it's different and also you have to compress the story into probably just an event rather than the whole arc that we've normally been doing.

"It's kind of a sexy idea, but I'll reserve judgement until the idea is presented to me."

Peaky Blinders will return on Wednesday, November 15 at 9pm on BBC Two.

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