Peaky Blinders: Series 5 (2019)

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While Peaky Blinders's fifth season suffers somewhat from superficial characterization, it remains one of TVs most visually thrilling endeavors.

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User Ratings: 349
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Series 5 of the crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere.

Cast

Paul Anderson (XVIII)
as Arthur Shelby
Cillian Murphy
as Tommy Shelby
Helen McCrory
as Aunt Polly Gray
Joe Cole
as John Shelby
Sophie Rundle
as Ada Shelby
Natasha O'Keeffe
as Lizzie Stark
Kate Phillips
as Linda Shelby
Aidan Gillen
as Aberama Gold
Jack Rowan (II)
as Bonnie Gold
Kingsley Ben-Adir
as Col Ben Younger
Harry Kirton
as Finn Shelby
Packy Lee
as Johnny Dogs
Ned Dennehy
as Charlie Strong
Ian Peck
as Curly
Benjamin Zephaniah
as Jeremiah Jesus
Sam Claflin
as Oswald Mosley
Brian Gleeson
as Jimmy McCavern
Neil Maskell
as Winston Churchill
Kate Dickie
as Mother Superio
Emmett J Scanlan
as Billy Grade
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Critic Reviews for Peaky Blinders Series 5

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Twenty nine episodes in, Peaky Blinders proves it can still pack a punch.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's style is so ludicrously over-the-top you have to surrender all cynicism as the Shelbys stride in slow-mo to Black Sabbath. So the longer you stick with it, the more the swagger becomes impossible to resist.

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is refreshing to see that even in its fifth season, the series can still ratchet up the tension and put the squeeze on its unlawful family in such a confident and entertaining way.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

This season proved the show could evolve without losing its focus on the intimate, inner workings of the Shelby family. And after the shocking events of the finale, I can't wait to see what happens next.

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

How Steven Knight weaved this year's plots together at the end is fascinating... Already champing at the bit for Season 6.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 of Peaky Blinders brings as many twists and turns as the previous seasons, and introduces some new players to the chess board, any of whom could rise from pawn to king.

Oct 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 might not be Peaky Blinders' strongest, but it still does a bang-up job of leaving you properly hyped for Season 6, ending with a proper nail-biter of a cliffhanger.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Peaky Blinders has been one of the best dramas the BBC has produced in recent years and, for all the suspension of disbelief it demands of the viewer, the finale was still brilliantly exhilarating.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A season that steps into the quicksand of the Great Depression... clearly makes a door-kicking-open return to wonderfully portrayed gangsterism.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Never mind the substance, feel the style. Roll on season six and, most likely, seven.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

This series has seen a much needed return to form, helped by Arthur going back to his mad old, bad old ways and the presence of genuine evil in the character of Oswald Mosely (Sam Claflin, terrific).

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The Season 5 finale is a departure for the show, which generally wraps up with one of Tommy's unlikely, brilliant plans working out precisely the way he'd planned, or close to it.

Oct 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Series 5

  • Jan 11, 2020
    Characters took too strong a push in directions that aren't true to character. Let's hope this director passes the reigns next season
  • Jan 02, 2020
    Not gonna lie this season really fell off, but there is always that 1 season is gonna fall off. Some interesting changes in the clan. The last episode at the end is the biggest shock on WHO RETURNS!
  • Dec 28, 2019
    Came in with high expectations after the last 4 seasons, unfortunately this season seems to have lost its way a bit, the character trajectories and predictability has become something of an annoying repetition. The plot itself is unnecessarily complicated then simplified, the whole hallucinations part gets annoying in each episode and the unnecessary lugubre and sombre air the whole season has is needless.
  • Dec 25, 2019
    An excellent season, though one that is clearly building towards an explosive 6th season, rather having its own standalone plot. The introduced antagonists are extremely intriguing.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    Wonderful! The last episode had me actually biting my nails. The suspense was so intense I wanted to forward it to the end. Aberama is my favorite character.
  • Dec 07, 2019
    This wasn't my favorite season, but this show is always phenomenal. It doesn't get much better than this.
  • Dec 04, 2019
    I only regret that I have discovered this show late in its timeline, despite that is original and communicative. You really feel the struggle of the Birmingham's gang sooner that I've thought, even if you know the ruthless kind of people they are. Must-Watch. The series also make me think about a change in fashion, I start wearing suits and keeping fresh haircuts...no so bad contraindications.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    peaky goes politically correct. sigh.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    The saga goes on with the expected excellence in production and performances, but this season has quite an intermittent plot ending with a cliffhanger more suspenseful than the actual build-up to its finale.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Season 5 feels like it was directed by someone who had watched seasons 1-4 on a drunken cocaine bender, and that was their only experience with the source material for season 5. The characters are all extremely one dimensional, laughably tropish versions of their past selves, the dialogue mostly feels cut short, rushed so that the story can be told THAT much quicker, and subtlety and nuance of every character and the characters relationships has entirely vanished. Peaky Blinders has always had great pacing to it's dialogue, at time feeling almost Tarantino-ish. As a huge fan of the show, I can't begin to express just how disappointed and flat out bored I was by this season. Whatever changed in between the first four seasons and the fifth seriously needs to be reversed. The fifth season crammed in as much posturing and machismo as it could at the sacrifice of depth. We have vengeful Michael, drunk n' angry blubbering Arthur, sad Tommy, whimsical and seemingly omniscient Polly, and a slew of attitudey female secondaries. That's it. Any complexity to character development and interaction has vanished and it leaves season 5 feeling hollow and boring.

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