He’s the hardened criminal who heads up Birmingham’s toughest family, but according to the writer of hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders, fans could soon see a different side to Tommy Shelby.
Speaking at the premiere of the show’s fifth season, Steven Knight said the volatile patriarch – played by Cillian Murphy – is on a road to redemption.
“The fact that Tommy is now an MP for South Birmingham means that he has to retain his contacts with the people of Birmingham,” he told BBC News.
“We all know that he has many motives, but what I’m trying to do over the long game is to rehabilitate him.”
Last night, stars of the show gathered in Birmingham for the long-awaited season premiere.
Will Tommy be able to change his ways? Credit: BBC
Discussing the decision to hold the glitzy event where the show is set, Knight said: “Birmingham is of course my first choice for the world premiere; the cast and crew love it here.
“Birmingham is the epicentre for the show and it means so much to me to come back here year after year and start the series with a bang.
“This year we’re at the Town Hall, which is a great venue, with more fans than ever before able to see the programme.
“I can’t wait to see everyone’s reactions on the night.”
The series five synopsis reads: “Peaky Blinders series five finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere.
“When Tommy Shelby MP is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.”
Knight says he is trying to ‘rehabilitate’ Cillian Murphy’s character. Credit: PA
And according to Knight, fans of the series are in for a treat as it promises to be the best one yet.
Speaking to TalkSport back in February, the writer said: “I can honestly say that it [season five] is the best yet. It’s really good. It’s fantastic and it all fell together beautifully. Great performances and I think audiences are going to be on the edge of their seats.
“I did some research because the new series starts in 1929. In that era, some of the most notorious gangs were in Glasgow. This [season] is about a particular gang called The Billy Boys, who become an issue for our friends in Birmingham.”
A date has yet to be confirmed, but it is believed the new series will hit screens at some point in August or September.
Peaky Blinders returns soon on BBC One.