Peaky Blinders review by Jim Shelley 

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‘The Peaky Blinders are coming!’ a little kid shouted as he came running into the gang’s local pub midway through the opening episode of their new series, as if warning drinkers and viewers alike. ‘The Peaky Blinders are coming!’

They certainly were. In fact of course they were already here, as Poldark discovered to its/his cost - too late.

The show announced its return after nearly two years away in typical style, blazing into Season Five with ‘Black Tuesday’ - virtually a Greatest Hits compilation that summed up its history and where it was today perfectly.

One to watch: Peaky Blinders announced its return after nearly two years away in typical style, blazing into Season Five with ‘Black Tuesday’

One to watch: Peaky Blinders announced its return after nearly two years away in typical style, blazing into Season Five with ‘Black Tuesday’

Tommy Shelby himself would have enjoyed and admired the way, more significantly Peaky Blinders seized its chance to take centre stage.

Liberated from the confines of Wednesday nights on BBC2, didn’t so much ‘take over’ from Poldark as barge him out of his traditional 9pm Sunday slot. As if Steven Knight’s bloody post-WW1 epic had no regard for the fact it/he had only two episodes to go before his retirement, and the BBC was too scared to try and stop it.

Like the Shelbys, Peaky Blinders just couldn’t wait,

Barged out: Liberated from the confines of Wednesday nights on BBC2, didn’t so much ‘take over’ from Poldark as barge him out of his traditional 9pm Sunday slot

Barged out: Liberated from the confines of Wednesday nights on BBC2, didn’t so much ‘take over’ from Poldark as barge him out of his traditional 9pm Sunday slot

What could have been a passing of the crown from Captain Ross to Sergeant Major Shelby just became a humiliation.

As salt in the wound, Poldark’s farewell episode tomorrow has also been relegated to being a mere warm-up for Peaky Blinders’ second installment.

Poor Ross. Peaky Blinders represented the new breed with razors instead of swords and scythes; lethal flat caps instead of three-cornered pirate hats; severely shaved haircuts rather than the curly locks and hairy chest of the old has-been.

It remains to be seen whether Tommy’s show will sell-out like the previous working-class hero/rebel’s.

Since it started, Peaky Blinders made huge amounts of money, becoming increasingly respected at home and influential abroad, especially in America.

Mixing things up: Peaky Blinders represented the new breed with razors instead of swords and scythes; lethal flat caps instead of three-cornered pirate hats

Mixing things up: Peaky Blinders represented the new breed with razors instead of swords and scythes; lethal flat caps instead of three-cornered pirate hats

Just like Tommy and co. in other words. Steven Knight is feted in and the series sold to over 180 countries. ‘Black Tuesday’ found Michael in Detroit, Polly in Monte Carlo, and the Shelbys’ houses and hotels, cars and cocaine habits, still

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