Peaky Blinders season four is upon us. The popular British TV show – which has become famous worldwide thanks to Netflix – has returned on the BBC. For people around the globe who don’t want to wait until the last episode has aired on the UK’s BBC, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the ideal solution.
With a VPN, anybody, anywhere, can get around the annoying geo-restrictions that block BBC iPlayer. The result is that you can pretend to be a UK resident to watch Peaky Blinders season four as soon as the episodes air!
Click the links below for all the info you need to keep up to date with season four.
What You Need to Know
When Does Season Four of Peaky Blinders Start?
The new season of Peaky Blinders started on Wednesday 15 November. Peaky Blinders season four is showing on BBC 2. That means it is available to watch live on BBC iPlayer the moment it comes out, and available for replay one hour after it finishes.
Although Netflix will be showing the whole of season four of Peaky Blinders, it won’t be on Netflix until the day after the last episode airs in Britain.
Where to Watch Peaky Blinders Season Four Live Online
21:00 UK time (GMT) on Wednesday 22 November.
You can also stream the episode for 28 days after it first airs using the catch up service.
Can I Watch Peaky Blinders Online for Free?
No matter where you are in the world, you can watch Peaky Blinders season four for free, providing you have a VPN that can access BBC iPlayer – such as Buffered or ExpressVPN.
Once you’ve connected to your VPN, you can “spoof” your location to appear in the UK, granting you access to BBC iPlayer. This means you have the choice to live stream Peaky Blinders, or stream it using the catch up service within 28 days.
For a more in-depth guide to setting up your VPN to access iPlayer, read on.
How to Watch Peaky Blinders Season Four Live Online
Watching Peaky Blinders streaming using a VPN couldn’t be easier.
- Select a VPN for iPlayer from our guide. We recommend Buffered or ExpressVPN because they have everything you need to stream Peaky Blinders on iPlayer.
- Click through to your preferred VPN and subscribe.
- Download the VPN software and install it.
- Choose a VPN server in the UK and click Connect.
- Navigate to the BBC’s iPlayer and head over to BBC 2.
- Accept the on-screen prompt asking you to confirm you pay a TV license.
Remember: In order to watch iPlayer, UK residents must pay for a TV license. For this reason, you need to accept this question to access iPlayer. The good news is that your true location is concealed from the BBC by your VPN service, so it won’t be able to tell where you are.
If you’re a first time BBC iPlayer user, you will now be prompted for a valid UK postal address. Be sure to use a fake name, and fake (but valid) UK address. You can find a random UK address online with ease. It doesn’t matter if someone already registered the address because it could be a house share.
Peaky Blinders Season Four Episode One: The Noose – Recap (Spoilers)
Tommy and the Shelby clan returned this week, in a characteristic haze of woodbine smoke and whiskey fumes for the season four premiere of Peaky Binders, entitled ‘the Noose.’ Although the clan is fractured after Tommy’s seeming betrayal at the end of last season, an enemy at the gates in the shape of Academy Award winner Adrian Brody as Luca Changretta, is forcing them back together. If you were hoping to be eased back into the world of the Peaky Blinders gently, you’re out of luck. Here’s the BestVPN.com rundown.
The Gallows Pole
The title of the season four premier doesn’t bode well for the Shelby clan. The tense first two minutes, which were leaked a few days early by the BBC, seemed to point to the premature annihilation of most of the family. Tommy’s plan, however, comes together just in time, and Polly, Michael, John, and Arthur are saved form the noose at the last minute.
All in the Family
Not that the rest of the Shelby family are particularly grateful for Tommy getting them off the hook. And why would they be? It was Tommy who put them there in the first place.
Polly seems to be the most affected by her time in a cell. On returning home, heavy drink and drug use fuels a belief that she is communing with the dead, as she busies herself getting the house ready for the arrival of Ada from Boston.
Michael, meanwhile, is working for Tommy at the Shelby Company, and relaying information about Polly to his concerned but obstinate boss, who advises him to stop Polly’s drinking and throw away her medication. Michael complies, infuriating Polly.
John, meanwhile, returns to his country home to find a Christmas card from the mafia containing a black hand. After an argument with Esme, he decides not to join the rest of the family back in Birmingham, where Tommy feels they will be safest.
Arthur’s charmed life on the farm with Linda draws to near its end as he receives a warning call from John whilst being visited by Ada. Giving a gun to Ada, he sends her directly to Tommy’s mansion for instruction.
The Cosa Nostra
Adrian Brody makes his first appearance of the series, albeit briefly. He and two other Italian men alight a boat from New York at Liverpool docks. Looking far more terrifying than he ever has before, Brody’s Luca Changretta is decorated with a crucifix neck tattoo and a pretty obvious mafia black hand tattoo on his wrist.
After receiving the ominous Christmas card himself, and ordering the family to regroup in their old stomping ground, Tommy questions his maid on Christmas Eve about a mysterious new Italian chef who has begun working for him. After a quick (and violent) word with the chef, who is busy preparing Christmas dinner, he finds out that the sous chef in the kitchen is a mafia assassin. What follows is one of the most brutal scenes on the show so far. We won’t describe the violence in too much detail but it involves a meat hook!
Another new character, referenced in the last series, is Jessie Eden, played by Happy Valley’s Charlie Murphy. The union boss responsible for the women’s strike last season, which saw Polly ‘jump into the bullring and scream about revolution’ meets with Tommy to discuss equal pay for the women in his factories. Tommy isn’t impressed and, after agreeing to allow his female employees a pay rise on the condition that the men take a pay cut, the meeting ends with Eden threatening a city-wide strike. It looks like Jessie Eden is going to be a massive thorn in Tommy’s side this season, with him having to fight a war on two fronts.
In Cold Blood on Christmas Day
As reported in the Sun, the cast of Peaky Blinders season four is going to be one short. After arming himself to the teeth, John refuses to head back to Birmingham to reunite with his family, and instead digs in at his country house with Esme. When none of the family can get hold of him, Michael is sent to fetch him. However, as they argue outside, a wagon loaded with Mafia hitmen arrives and spays the house with machine gun fire. John is killed and Michael is at least wounded, as the first blood of the Shelby-Changretta war is spilled.
Peaky Blinders Season Four Episode Two: Heathens
Still reeling from the horrible Christmas day assassination, the Shelby family regroup in the old stomping ground of the first two series.
As Tommy sets about raising a small army to fight the Mafia threat, we’re hoping Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen, playing the gypsy Aberama Gold, will make his first appearance.
On the second front, Tommy is faced with a city-wide strike and the threat of revolution from Jessie Eden and the union, while a clandestine visitor from Paris makes an appearance.
‘Heathens’ will air on Wednesday 22 November at 21:00 on BBC2, or you can get it on demand on BBC iPlayer.
Peaky Blinders Season Four: What You Need to Know
Wednesday 15 November saw the return of arguably the best British drama of recent years: Peaky Blinders. Head writer Steven Knight and the show’s star, Cillian Murphy, have promised this will be the best season yet.
Where Did Season Three Leave Us?
It’s been over a year since we last saw Tommy and the Shelby clan, so here’s a quick reminder of where we were left.
The last episode hinged on Tommy’s attempt to set up the Shelby children’s charity. Father Hughes, who had helped set up the deal between Tommy and the exiled Russian aristocrats, kidnaps Charlie, Tommy’s son. He then blackmails Tommy into blowing up a train, which must result in six deaths. In addition, Tommy is told to hand over the jewels that he and Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) plan to steal from the Russians.
Tommy decides not to bomb the train himself but sends two of his brothers in is place. Although Michael manages to find Charlie, he doesn’t get word to the Shelbys, who blow up the train. Meanwhile, Tommy and Alfie mange to tunnel into the vault where the jewels are kept, cleaning it out. When the family are back at Tommy’s mansion, he distributes the earnings from the jewel heist but then informs the family that the police are there to arrest them. The family are led away in handcuffs.
Peaky Blinders Season Four Plot Details
Season four begins with Tommy receiving a letter from the son of the Italian gangster who he had killed in season three. It promises that the Peaky Blinders will all be destroyed.
After Tommy handing the family over to the police in the last series, relationships within the Shelby family remain tense. However, a renewed outside threat is enough to bring them back together.
Having spent most of the previous season on his country estate, Tommy looks to be heading back to the streets of Birmingham, perhaps signaling a return to the show’s roots. Hopefully we’ll see far more of the bar fights and boozing that made the first series so memorable.
Who’s Returning from Peaky Blinders Season Three?
Obviously, Cillian Murphy will be back as Tommy Shelby, the leader of the Peaky Blinders gang. Although a BAFTA may have evaded Murphy for the first three series, we’re hoping season four might just bag him one.
My personal favorite Peaky Blinders character is Polly Shelby. Helen McCrory plays the family’s fierce matriarch, and we’re delighted to see her back for a fourth season. The rest of the Blinders clan will also be returning, with Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, and Harry Kirton returning as Paul, John and Arthur Shelby respectively. Fans will also be delighted to see the return of Tom Hardy, with his signature hard-man swagger, as fearsome Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons.
Two of Tommy Shelby’s love interests will also be retuning this year. Charlotte Riley will reprise her role as the aristocratic horse trainer Mary Carleton. It’s unclear whether she and Tommy will be involved romantically, or whether Tommy’s plans are strictly business.
Who’s Joining the Cast for Season Four?
The biggest name to join the cast this year will be Oscar winner Adrien Brody. He plays Mafioso Luca Changretta, the son of the Mafia boss that Tommy ordered to be murdered in the last series. It is apparently Changretta who sent Tommy the letter promising to destroy the Peaky Blinders. The main villain of the fourth series, Brody will have big shoes to fill after the outstanding earlier performances by Sam Neill (as Major Chester Campbell) and Charlie Creed-Miles (as Billy Kimber).
Another recognizable face comes in the form of Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones’ Little Finger) as the Aberama Gold. Not a lot is known about the character, but her appears to be a gypsy and ally of the Shelbys. Writer Steven Knight has promised, however, that the character will be causing lots of trouble this season.
Peaky Blinders Soundtrack
Peaky Blinders is almost as famous for its superb soundtrack as its cast of heavyweight actors. The tension of the show is brilliantly summed up using Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Red Right Hand as its soundtrack, with The White Stripes, Radiohead, and PJ Harvey all creating an ambience of dread and impending violence. Not much has been revealed regarding the season four soundtrack yet, but the trailer features an excellent cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game by London Grammar. If this is anything to go by, the Peaky Blinders season four soundtrack will be as sinister and haunting as ever.
What Else Do We Know?
So far, we know that the fourth season will be six episodes long. Steven Knight, who also wrote the BBC drama Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, has once again written every episode. Meanwhile, David Caffrey (Line of Duty) has replaced Tim Mielants as director.
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