The BBC are pulling out all the stops for the return of the Shelbys in the fifth season of Peaky Blinders. None-more-so than with a stellar cast of high profile names including The Hunger Games and Journey’s End star Sam Claflin.

Claflin will also be joined by The VVitch’s Anya Taylor-Joy, former Hollyoaks actor Emmett J Scanlan, The Bisexual’s Brian Gleeson, No Offence’s Neil Maskell, The Cry’s Kate Dickie, Lady Macbeth’s Cosmo Jarvis, Krypton’s Elliot Cowan, Ripper Street’s Charlene McKenna, The Innocence’s Andrew Koji and A Very English Scandal’s Daryl McCormack.

Returning members of the Shelby clan are Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson), Michael Gray (Finn Cole), Ada Thorne (Sophie Rundle) and Polly Gray (Helen McCrory).

Season five will see the Shelby’s world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. When Tommy Shelby MP (Charlie Murphy) (now a Labour MP) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realizes that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.

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Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore commented;

“We couldn’t have asked for a better response to series four and the impact it had with young audiences. This move will also give BBC Two more creative headroom to experiment with new drama.”

With filming currently underway on all new episodes, the series is expected to air in Spring 2019. This time moving from its BBC2 spot over to BBC1 after ratings went through the roof in its fourth season.