Peaky Blinders: Series 4 (2017)


Series 4
Peaky Blinders

Critics Consensus

Peaky Blinders' confident fourth season doubles down on the violent delights without losing the meticulous detailing that made the show so appealing in the first place.



Critic Ratings: 26


Audience Score

User Ratings: 484
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Air date: Dec 21, 2017
Air date: Dec 21, 2017
Air date: Dec 21, 2017
Air date: Dec 21, 2017
Air date: Dec 21, 2017
Air date: Dec 21, 2017

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Series 4 begins in December 1925. Tommy Shelby OBE has acquired unprecedented legitimacy. The former gangster is also a man alone, estranged from his family and focused only on business. But when he receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve, Tommy realises that the Shelbys are in danger of annihilation.

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Critic Reviews for Peaky Blinders Series 4

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

This one's got more mass appeal than it lets on.

Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A terrifically paced return which tingled with excitement. Peaky Blinders gets better with each passing series.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

when all its guns are blazing, Peaky Blinders does adrenaline-rush action better than any other show on British TV.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even with another strong showing from Murphy in this round of Peaky Blinders, the unquenchable Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson once again dominate this six-episode must-watch tale.

Jan 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The fourth season of Peaky Blinders maintains excellence. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

A fine time's been had by everybody...

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's witty, thrilling and a total pleasure to watch. Peaky Blinders is brilliant TV. You heard it here last.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

...intrigue that has only grown exponentially since its premiere. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Adrien Brody, as the emphysemic Sicilian, might be in line for the award of most overcooked ham in the Christmas hamper, but it's still a mesmerising performance: all is shaping up thrillingly.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It may have been two years in the waiting, but season four of this striking BBC series looks to have upped its game once again.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Series 4

  • Jul 29, 2019
    5/5 stars. Absolutely brilliant. The highly anticipated 4th season introduces us to yet another great villain, and a conflict that has been brewing since the start of the 3rd season. Peaky Blinders is more fast paced than the other seasons, which is a welcome change to the show.
  • Jul 08, 2019
    this season feels more violent more shocking unafraid to start killing off its cast you are on the edge of your seat praying that your favourite is not taken out
  • Apr 02, 2019
    Perhaps I am missing something here but I think this last series is quite frankly poor, as is series 3 and arguably most of series 2. Whereas series 1 laid an excellent foundation and was hallmarked by the subtle, gritty, slow burning yet meaningful and believable characterisation of a small time criminal family on the cusp of expanding their criminal empire, the latest installment of the series is thoroughly drab, repetetive and implausible, making for a woefully predictive finale that somehow sees England's most prominent and powerful career criminal become a Labour MP- and everything in the show's final scene to date- from the family's slow moving waltz down the elaborate stone stairs to the lighting, to the beaming smiles on their faces, suggests we the viewer should be routing for them. I for one certainly was not. And this for me is where Peaky Blinders failed where other stand out series- Sopranos, Breaking bad to name just two, massively succeed. The sheer implausibility and repetitive nature of the plot structure of Peaky Blinders ultimately detracts from characters which, bar a few, feel very shallow and undeveloped. In a seemingly relentless cycle, pretty much from the latter stages of series 2 on wards, the Shelby family always manage to overcome a series of insurmountably more powerful criminal or indeed establishment forces at the last gasp (and ironically most predictable) moment, just when it appears they have been defeated, through Tommy making an unseen 'deal' with anyone ranging from Winston Churchill to the King of England (yes, really). In other comparatively much better series, one unifying characteristic seems to be, due to a combination of outstanding acting and carefully thought outwriting and development of key characters, one finds themselves almost unwittingly rooting for iconic anti heroes- despite their relentless descent into extreme violence, greed and general moral bankruptcy - the likes of Tony Soprano and Walter White for instance. In contrast, from the latter stages of series two onwards I would've quite happily seen the entire Shelby family come to a grizzly end if only it meant another more interesting and plausible criminal faction were to take over their patch. The character of Arthur, for example- whilst undoubtedly enthusiastic and energetic, he is largely lacking charisma and is barbarically violent and abusive, yet the creators of the series seem desperately and almost sporadically to pepper the series with moments attempting to show a tearful, human and tender side to him which is completely at odds to his largely indiscriminately violent persona- it is at these very moments in which we are supposedly supposed to sympathise with this him that he is most exposed as a badly thought out, inconsistent and deeply flawed character. Unfortunately he is not the only one- Michael, Polly's estranged son, in another almost laughably implausible stroke, joins the fold of the Peaky Blinders having lived his whole life in a small English village to find that, low and behold, he is a highly literate, skilled accountant, and a cold blooded natural born assassin to boot. In fact one of the few intriguing and intense characters of the series who undoubtedly could've been explored so much further, Father Hughes, is overpowered and killed by Michael, arguably the show's weakest character in a what is literally a fatal mistake for the entertainment value of the series. Similarly, the excellent Alfie Solomons appears all too infrequently, possibly through the creator's fear he may overshadow the drab central protagonists of the series. Frankly I absolutely cannot for the life of me see why this series has achieved such a high degree of critical and commercial success. It is woefully overrated and pails in insignificance to so many other underrated series.
  • Feb 20, 2019
    Outstanding in every way. Great plots performed by great actors.
  • Jan 18, 2019
    finished the whole season in a day, that's how good it is.
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Easily the best season of this series. It seems to be getting better and better with every passing season. The stakes were upped again, thia time vs the Italian mafia. It was a very rewarding rollercoaster ride. Can't wait for season 5.
  • Jan 02, 2019
    While it's not my personal favourite show from an objective standpoint it does many things right. The grittiness of the era feels perfect, the characters feel like they've walked straight out of post world war Britain. The visuals are ideal and really put you in the period drama mood.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Best season yet. Brooding and scheming Tommy continues to do over the bigger fish in the pond, aggressively escalating the stakes. At this point you're completely immersed in the Shelby family's affairs and the question of how far they'll take this is extremely intriguing. The character development has reached its peak as well, with strong women operating alongside violent men
  • Oct 26, 2018
    Entire Peaky Blinders Series are addicting! Just Love'em!!
  • Oct 07, 2018
    One of the most exciting series to come along in a while. Cillian Murphy was the perfect choice, but I would not have though so before seeing this series. Glad they ended it and didn't drag it on for more seasons.

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