Peaky Blinders: Series 5 (2019)


Series 5
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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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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 558

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Grave news from the U.S. sends the Shelbys to an urgent board meeting. Ada hides a secret. Tommy is revisited by his past, in the form of a journalist.

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The unidentified threats begin to escalate in a dark way. Michael's loyalty is questioned. Tommy considers a proposal from Oswald Mosley.

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Tommy gathers the Peaky Blinders to discuss recent tragic events and to give his orders. The Shelby boys travel to London to meet Mosley, and it's soon revealed who has the upper hand. At Arrow House, Linda visits Lizzie to ask her advice, and Polly visits Aberama to pass on Tommy's instructions. Meanwhile, Tommy learns that one of the Peaky Blinders is in danger and sends Arthur and Johnny Dogs on an urgent mission to intervene.

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Tommy waits by the water at Charlie's Yard to meet a dangerous adversary. Despite their past grievances, the pair agree to a truce. Later, in a private room at the Garrison pub, as Tommy meets with his constituents to hear their grievances, a mysterious stranger with a message arrives. At his Westminster office, Tommy makes Aberama an offer he can't refuse before inviting Mosley to a party he is throwing for Lizzie's birthday. On the night of the party, things soon take a turn for the worse when a surprise guest arrives.

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Mosley takes advantage of shocking events to give a speech to the gathered crowd at Arrow House. Afterwards, Mosley gives Tommy his instructions. Arthur and his men arrive at Limehouse for the arranged rendezvous, but the situation has changed drastically. Meanwhile, Tommy visits an old war comrade who has a very specific skill that Tommy intends to use.

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News of Tommy's activities have reached Winston Churchill. At a family meeting, Tommy lays out his plans for Mosley, which will take place at a rally Sir Oswald is leading. Tommy is surprised by another strategy, coming from an unexpected corner. Meanwhile, Tommy has his own secrets to reveal.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Peaky Blinders Series 5

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

[T]he sensuous logic of the music helps propel the attention of the viewer past the simplicity of the plot, which dispenses justice as if it is but a game of chance.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

If you like Peaky Blinders already then yes, it's a must watch. If not ,give it a go, but don't start with this episode.

Jul 15, 2020 | 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 may be formulaic and occasionally repetitious, as Tommy encounters one fearsome foe after another... but I'll be amazed if the writers of Peaky Blinders can't sustain this likeable momentum for at least another season or two.

Sep 14, 2020 | 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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Series 5

  • Feb 27, 2021
    i did not feel that season 5 was as good as previous seasons especially since the character of Aberama Gold was killed off. I think that character had a goldmine of potential waiting to be mined and you do not throw away that opportunity, nor an actor of the quality of Aidan Guillen who I feel was wasted somewhat. Polly finally had a man who truly loved her for who she was and was her equal; just the potential for this relationship would have been reason to keep him around. I also would have loved to see him take his place in the family, avenge the death of his son Bonnie and on and on. Although it was interesting to see Tommy up against a foe he could not figure out how to beat, the killing off of Aberama Gold ,rather than expanding his storyline, was a big negative for me.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    There are some excellent scenes, Tommy and Alfie are always worth watching, but the rest of the show has gone to trash. The writing is absolutely abysmal.
  • Dec 13, 2020
    Compared to the last 4 season, it was like watching Eastenders. Utterly disappointing. Cillian and Helen McCroy just about kept it afloat.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Carefully written, well-developed, and solid direction. Each season has its own plot and complexity. Action packed, often barbaric. Most of characters has roles to play backed with superb acting. Music is a letdown, but it gets better from S4 onwards | follow us at @uncle.review
  • Nov 07, 2020
    I don't know how I skipped over this show for year on Netflix. The only good that came from that was that I could now binge all 5 seasons without the months (and sometimes years) between seasons. Tommy is the man we all want to be but don't know it. He is the James Bond of lay men. Charismatic, mysterious, intriguing, irreverent to the filth of the world, protective of the innocent and his own- Tommy is a man that sees the end and controls the means. His character started out as described and somehow still found a way to evolve through 5 seasons. Surrounding him are a gang of equally as compelling characters. Arthur, Polly, Ada, John, Alfie and on- they all start as one version of intrigue and evolve into a better, more intriguing version of their former selves. Perhaps that the key with Peaky Blinders. Character development isn't isolated to the 2 or 3 main characters- it is given to every reoccurring character and you are forced to care about them all, no matter how heinous their crimes. Because of this, everything they do has stakes- and many times the stakes are high. So the viewer is left on their edge of their seat because they know and care about whatever character is on screen. Too much to write- this show is just spectacular.
  • Oct 20, 2020
    The best season ever
  • Oct 16, 2020
    Top serie , Cillian Murphy is fantastic
  • Oct 10, 2020
    Another great season cant wait for the 6th!
  • Sep 21, 2020
    First 4 seasons were better. The feeling of the protagonists beeing overly protected by script is increasing. Still great though.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Peaky Blinders Season 5 Links well with historical events and figures although not entirely accurate at all.

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