Netflix has thrown the world's TV timetable into a weird stasis. While shows like Game of Thrones and Chernobyl do sometimes capture the public's imagination globally for a short time, other shows, like Peaky Blinders for instance, have had to make do with dropping at different times for different people.
In the show's home of the UK, fans of the Shelby clan have had more than 18 months to recover from the rollercoaster of Peaky Blinders' fourth season, but over here, where it's only hit Netflix in recent months, we've barely had chance to catch our breath. Now, season five is not only on the way, but it's racing to our screens with all the velocity of a racehorse blessed by Tommy Shelby himself.
Here's what we know to expect so far.
The Release Date
Season five is set to premiere officially in Birmingham in just a few days' time, however it'll most likely hit BBC screens in the UK in mid-august. If that's the case, then it will also hit BBC First on Australian Foxtel shortly after. Given then delay between the show's airing and its arrival on Australian Netflix, however, don't expect it to stream down under any time soon.
As ever, a new season brings a whole host of new characters, many have which have already been revealed. What we do know is that Sam Claflin will become one of the show's main antagonists as fascist politician Oswald Mosley. Ana Taylor clark will also join the cast.
In terms of returning cast members, expect to welcome back the entire Shelby family save, of course, for Joe Cole's John. Finn, played by Harry Kirton, will most likely step into his older brother's shoes and take on an increased prominence.
Elsewhere, Aberama Gold and his son Bonnie will return, but much to Tom Hardy's own dismay, Alfie Solomons won't. Nor will we see an appearance from Al Capone, the existence of whom is acknowledged in season four.
According to the BBC and show creator Steven Knight, season five will find Tommy taking his position of highest-power yet — having been elected an official MP at the end of season four — in a time that's more uncertain than ever. Just as Tommy takes office, the financial crash of 1929 takes hold, sending the economy into ruin.
According to the official synopsis, "Series five of Steven Knight's crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere.
"When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family's future but that of the entire nation."
"The story of the Peaky Blinders and of the Shelby family gets woven into the political fabric of Britain and Europe as the 1920s end and the thirties begin. Tommy Shelby faces the darkest force he has ever faced and his struggle is as relevant today as it was then," continued Knight.
Speaking to Metro son after, he said, “What it gives Arthur and his family is more power. Tommy is in a position of power, and he can only get stronger in that position. We’ll all have more cover, more opportunity and more protection.
"Becoming an MP is just Tommy expanding his empire – his ambition is to have power in a lot of areas and that’s just another extension of his power."
Knight also revealed to Bustle that that Tommy will undergo an "unexpected transformation" through the next two seasons. "[Series seven] will tell a different story, where Tommy Shelby... will be redeemed, and he will become good."
Since then, Knight has dished out a few more morsels of info about the season, and has declared that it could actually be the best series of the show thus far. Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: "I personally believe – and I think everybody involved believes – that this is the best series yet, for all sorts of reasons. There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bells ringing, there’s a lot of conflict happening."