‘Peaky Blinders’ season 4 preview: Will Tom Hardy return?

Season 3 of the British crime drama “Peaky Blinders” debuted on Netflix last year on May 31, just in time for Emmy consideration. However, it missed out on the current cycle as production is still underway on season 4 of this popular period piece. Location shooting on the streets of Liverpool, which looks more like the Birmingham of the 1920s than the real deal does these days.

Looks like production will be wrapped sometime this summer, which could mean that it airs on the BBC this October. If the release pattern holds, expect it to be on Netflix stateside in November. No word on whether the fifth and final season is being filmed concurrently. Creator Steven Knight has said that he would like the final shot of the whole series to be the first sounding of the air raid siren as World War II approaches.

Season 4 sees Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) under increasing threat from both those within the gang and rivals in the criminal underworld. Remember season 3 ended with the arrests of Tommy’s family. The last we saw of  his brothers Arthur (Paul Anderson) and  John (Joe Cole) as well as his cousin Michael (Finn Cole) and aunt Polly (Helen McCrory) was them being led away in handcuffs. Tommy is isolated and leaves his hide-out in the country to face down the threats back home in Small Heath, Birmingham

We do know that Oscar winner Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) has joined the cast in a part that Knight wrote just for him. And back for more misadventures is Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”) as Shelby’s rival Alfie Solomons as well as Hardy’s real-life wife Charlotte Riley as May, who will train Tommy’s racehorse.

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