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Fans of the British historical drama, Peaky Blinders, are having a fabulous week. Season 4 began airing on BBC Two last week, and U.S. fans just got news of the Netflix release date for the new season.
Reviews for the Season 4 premiere have lauded the post World War I drama created by Steven Knight, which means that U.S. Netflix viewers can expect more heart-wrenching plot twists. And there’s even better news: U.S. fans won’t have to wait long to get their fix of this intense crime drama.
The series documents the rise of an illegal gambling ring in Birmingham, England, run by gangster Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Creator Stephen Knight was inspired to go bold with Peaky Blinders, crediting his inspiration to American gangster movies and the hard-knock lives of his own parents, who were drawn into gang crime themselves as children during the 1920s.
Netflix has just announced that U.S. audiences will be able to marathon Season 4 of Peaky Blinders starting on December 21 — just in time for a binge-watching spree over the holidays.
Watch the announcement here:
— Peaky Blinders (@ThePeakyBlinder) October 30, 2017
At the end of last season, Tommy Shelby had alienated his family by turning them in to the constabulary, leaving viewers wondering just how deep Shelby’s rot can go. Season 4 opens six months later with Shelby rethinking this betrayal after receiving a letter on Christmas and calling a truce with the family. He realizes that trouble is closing in and decides to take the fight against his enemies back to the streets of Small Heath. This means fan favorites like Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly, and Joe Cole as John Shelby will be back in the regular lineup.
Watch the trailer here, courtesy of Youtube:
The new season of Peaky Blinders also adds Oscar-winning actor Adrian Brody to the ensemble. Staged as Season 4’s prime antagonist and big bad, Brody will be playing Luca Changretta, a New York Mafia crime boss out for vengeance. Other regular guests such as Charlotte Riley as May Charleton and Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons will also be returning.
One not-so-obvious absence will be “The Weinstein Company” on the production credits. Sexual assault accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein and the resulting scandals that led to his ouster have caused Netflix to remove the company name from the U.S. version of the show credits. The Weinstein Company held U.S. TV and on-demand rights before selling the show to Netflix, and previously has a credit as the distributor.
Peaky Blinders has seen a meteoric upswing in popularity since it debuted in 2013, particularly with the younger demographic, and the BBC has already renewed the show for Season 5 to be set in 1928 and 1929. Although speculation was that Season 5 would be the last, Knight told Deadline Hollywood:
“The momentum and love for the thing seems to still be growing exponentially and this is making us pause before deciding finally.”
Referring to a possible movie and musical, Knight added: “Peaky is now a beast that will not die.”
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— Peaky Blinders (@ThePeakyBlinder) November 14, 2017
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This article was written by guest writer Sarah McManus for Netflix Update.