This adrenalin-coursing episode found crime kingpin Tommy Shelby (Murphy) playing a deadly bet on cat-and-mouse using the Mafia among the Midlands murk. There have been decoys, double-crossings and vendettas.
It would be a showdown between your dodgy accents on Peaky Blinders (BBC Two) yesterday. The period mobster drama’s star, Cillian Murphy, has lengthy spoken inside a patchy Brummie brogue, with notes of Scouse twang and the native Cork lilt dripping through. He nearly will get away by using it, because of his character’s Romany Irish roots.
Besides, the unintelligible trio’s stand-off was incendiary stuff: three charismatic actors on-screen at the same time, with Sturdy eating the scenery while Murphy and Gillen remained broodingly careful. It’s proof of this home-grown cult drama’s burgeoning worldwide status that it may now attract a line-up worth a Hollywood film.
Now Murphy shared a tense scene with Tom Sturdy like a glowering Jewish gangster vulnerable to potty-mouthed Cockney mumbling and Aidan Gillen, whose gypsy hitman appears to hail from Dublin, Glamorgan and California all at one time. Pardon me basically pop the subtitles on, gents.
Fortunately, Peaky Blinders devotees have lengthy stopped caring about such trifling details. This can be a series in which the anti-heroes swagger in slow-motion lower stylised Twenties roads, set for an anachronistic indie-rock soundtrack, while flames belch, sparks fly and also the sky turns strange colours. We don’t visit the dramatised slums of Small Heath for realism, we choose hard-steamed thrills, simmering feuds and snarled one-liners.