PEAKY BLINDERS’ Tommy Shelby is seen brooding over a gun in this new picture released ahead of the show’s fifth season, said to be the most ‘disgustingly violent’ series yet.
The dramatic image shows the gangster-turned-MP, played by Cillian Murphy, siting at a table with his head in his hand. In front of him sits a gun and a single bullet.
Helen McCrory, who stars as Polly Gray, aunt of Cillian Murphy’s character Tommy Shelby, has said she had to look away from the ‘disgustingly violent’ first episode of the new series of Peaky Blinders after being offered a sneak peak of the fifth series during a screening in Birmingham.
She warned fans of the BBC One gangster epic, which jumps forward in time to a period of unrest in British politics, to expect ‘disturbing’ and ‘disgusting’ scenes.
But the veteran stage and screen actress, 50, said the show’s portrayal of violence proves such savagery ‘should be horrifying’.
She said: ‘I’ve only seen episode one, and there’s a whole bit… we saw the screening in Birmingham, for fans who managed to get lottery tickets.
‘I look away from the screen. I as Helen can’t watch it. I think it’s disgusting, gratuitous violence. It is… no, not gratuitous — disgustingly violent.
‘But it is. And it should be. I think it’s much more disturbing than somebody slashes somebody’s face or somebody shoots somebody and it’s all just the end of it.’
McCrory, who is married to Homeland star Damian Lewis, said Peaky Blinders also shows violent people cannot escape the consequences of their actions.
She said: ‘It should be horrifying and you should have the people who are responsible for the violence unable to self-medicate or having mental health problems, or all the things that do happen to people, if you kill other people.
‘Because it is not a natural state of affairs. And anybody who looks at the violence of Peaky Blinders and thinks: “That exactly is what I want to do”. I mean, sick.’
Peaky Blinders returns to BBC One from Sunday August 25.