'We're all on our A-game' - Belfast actor Packy Lee on new Peaky Blinders series
Peaky Blinders star Packy Lee has teased something "completely different" for the upcoming series of the gangster television drama.
The Belfast actor is known for his role in the series as Johnny Dogs, a gypsy friend of Tommy Shelby, who is played by Cillian Murphy.
Speaking at the Peaky Blinders season five premiere in Birmingham, Lee said: "Series five, to be honest with you, this time is going to bring a lot more energy.
"As we know, the music adds to this but there's a lot more at stake. There's a lot more characters. Some new actors have come on board with it and the director, Anthony, has literally brought something completely different to this year.
"The fact we moved to BBC One, we're all on our A-game so it's a lot different."
The latest series, directed by Anthony Byrne, is set against the turmoil of the 1929 financial crash in Birmingham, with stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson also making a comeback.
Multi-Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi has written a new and original score to run through every episode.
“It’s exciting. It’s been hard to not talk about it,” Calvi told NME. “It’s incredible to be part of something like this. It’s a whole new thing for me, but it felt completely natural. Bizarrely, I feel like I can really relate to the characters. It was a really good fit.
“I’ve always loved the show – everything about the way that they dress, the music that they feature, how strong the characters are and how filmic it is. It’s just much better than most things you see on TV.”
Peaky Blinders series five will return to BBC One later this year.
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