Peaky Blinders is back, and after a wait of more than two years to find out who betrayed Tommy (Cillian Murphy) and the gang, the action packed first episode of series six did not disappoint. Picking up in the immediate aftermath of the botched attempt to assassinate Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin), the answer to who was behind the treachery was quickly answered, alongside a beautiful tribute to the late Helen McCrory (Aunt Polly). Show writer Steven Knight had voiced his hopes for an appropriate send of for both the actress and the character, and both were pulled off with grace, and likely resulted in more than a few tears from viewers. Despite the demise of the family matriarch, and the Shelby clan seemingly more fragile and fragmented than they’ve ever been, life doesn’t stop. Following a swift four-year time hop from 1929 to 1933, a sombre Tommy is drumming up business in Miquelon Island, and new business will always mean new adversaries.
There’s been a lot of anticipation about which characters will be returning to the show, and finally the wait is over. In series 6, Tommy seems particularly keen to do business with Gina Gray’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) drug kingpin Uncle Jack, and although we are yet to meet him, if his slippery niece is anything to go by, he’s going to make an interesting potential business partner. Other new faces have been drafted in to see out Peaky Blinders in television form — this isn’t the end, as the franchise is confirmed to be returning in the form of a film.
Read on to find out which favourites have returned for series six, and the new characters we can expect to meet along the way.