The five best Peaky Blinders episodes, according to IMDB

The the final installment of Peaky Blinders just around the corner, BirminghamWorld has taken a look at the BBC drama’s highest rated episodes
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The sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders is set to air later this month.

The hit BBC One show will return at the end of February, with the Shelby family returning to our screens for one last time.

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Posting on the official Peaky Blinders social media pages, the BBC released a video of a Tommy Shelby mural in Digbeth earlier this week, revealing the show’s release date - 27 February.

So with Peaky fever once again gripping the nation, let’s take a look back at fans’ favourite Peaky Blinders episodes.

The team at Betway has done some digging into IMBD data to reveal the five best rated Peaky Blinders episodes of all time, according to viewers.

The top five Peaky Blinders episodes

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A shot from Series 2 episode 6

1. Series 2 episode 6: 9.6 stars, 10,255 ratings

Out of all five series so far, the finale of season two was by far fans’ favourite episode, according to IMBD.

The episode aired on 6th November 2014.

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As Derby day arrives, Tommy is faced with impossible decisions as he prepares to strike back at his enemies and take the family business to the next level.

Meanwhile, Major Campbell, the main antagonist in series 2, has one final card to play - one that he is certain will bring about Tommy’s demise.

The episode received an impressive 10,255 ratings giving the episode 9.6 stars with one fan feeling rather excited, writing: “G-R-I-P-P-I-N-G. BEST episode ever to be filmed in the entire history of television. End of.”

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Series 3 episode 6

2. Series 3 episode 6: 9.6 stars, 9,107 ratings

Another season finale favourite, the final episode of season three had fans on the edge of their seats, as Tommy prepares to blow up a train and commit the most audacious crime of his career, an unexpected blow forces him to face his worst fears in a race against time.

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Tommy is also betrayed by Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) but cousin Michael talks Tommy out of killing him.

Fans were left desperate to know what happens next and clearly, the cliffhanger pumped up the ratings- “I was about to give it’s a 7 star, but I added an extra star just because of the twist right at the ending.”

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Series 4 episode 1

3. Series 4 episode 1: 9.5 stars, 9,165 ratings

Clearly, fans were eager for the return of season four, excited for a pre-Christmas treat as the episode ‘The Noose’ aired on 21 December 2017.

After Arthur Shelby, John Shelby, Polly Gray, and Michael Gray were all arrested at the end of series 2, Arthur, John, and Michael are pulled from their prison cells at Winson Green Prison and led to a room containing three nooses.

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The episode then begins with Tommy Shelby receiving a letter that makes him realise that he and every member of the family are in danger. He knows that it is time for the family to bury their differences and face the enemy together.

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Series 4 episode 6- 9.5 stars

4. Series 4 episode 6: 9.5 stars, 9,167 ratings

After a series of bloody battles and shocking events, it is safe to say that many viewers were eager to tune in to the season finale of series four.

In the episode, events escalate during the fight between Goliath and Bonnie Gold. As Audrey Changretta, the mother of the main antagonist in series 4 Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody) appears at a funeral, waving a white flag, she proposes to declare the vendetta between her family and the Shelbys settled.

Fans described the show as “‘a whirlwind of events, from highs to the lowest of lows. Solid acting and a well-developed storyline, bringing and end to the major plot and starting up the next.”

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Series 1 episode 6

5. Series 1 episode 6: 9.2 stars, 8,606 ratings

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Finally making the top five episodes of all time, a classic all the way back from series one as Tommy and the Peaky Blinders prepare for a big operation, that quickly becomes way trickier than they initially thought.

The episode was described as the ‘perfect start to season 1’, with one review left by a hooked Peaky Blinders fan- “Most underrated show ... Everything is perfect the acting, screenplay I am in love with Peaky Blinders.”

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