Since series one I have been a huge fan of the BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

Set in the dark industrial streets of Birmingham between the two World Wars, series five has been highly anticipated and I have to say it did not disappoint.

Slick and gripping, the soundtrack alone has you on the edge of your seat, as you wait to see who will be the latest enemy the Shelby family, Birmingham's razor-capped gangsters, have to face.

This BAFTA award-winning show is now being shown on BBC One for the first time, after its original start on BBC Two in 2013. Cast stalwarts Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory continue to exude class and poise with stellar performances that captivate the viewer.

Now a Labour MP for Birmingham South, head of the family Tommy (Murphy) is as calculated as ever and some of the scenes may seem far fetched to non-Blinders fans. For example Tommy emerges from the mist on horseback with the stunning Midlands scenery behind him only to then go into a random telephone box and order a hit.

Madness but mesmerising.

Yes it is violent but the lighting and use of slow motion action seems to almost justify and counteract the blood and destruction.

The new series opens two years down the line as the Wall Street crash reverberates through the family. Polly's (McCrory) son Michael (Finn Cole) comes back from America with his tail between his legs. Can Tommy and the rest of the Shelby clan trust him?

The end of episode one concludes with Tommy in full gangster mode talking to a journalist who makes it clear he knows all the dark doings of the family. Needless to say by the end of the episode he has been gunned down in true gangster style.

The current thread that continues to run through this latest series is Tommy's mental state. Still feeling the effects of the PTSD of the First World War, he is vulnerable but dangerous.

You also get to see Sam Claflin's antagonist, Fascist leader, Oswald Mosley who looks set to be a frightening adversary to Tommy.

Fans were not kept waiting too long for episode two and without wanting to give too much away, scores were settled and the violence and shock was ramped up a gear.

Peaky Blinders is a fantastic period drama that has you wanting Tommy to win despite the violence and arrogance of the man.