Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) has been one of TV’s most interesting characters since Peaky Blinders first began in 2013. Fans of the show will know that the leader of the gang has a traumatic backstory based on his experiences of operating as a tunneller in World War One. However, now writer Steven Knight has revealed even more about his past in an online audio story – so could this appear in the new series of the show?
Will there be flashbacks revealing Tommy’s backstory in Peaky Blinders season 6?
Over the series so far, there have been a number of flashbacks chronicling Tommy’s past.
These have mainly involved viewers getting a glimpse at the gangster when he was digging tunnels in the war.
Revealing the claustrophobia of the act as well as some near death experiences, these scenes have been some of the hardest to watch.
These flashbacks have been less frequent in recent seasons of the show, which have focused more on Tommy’s present struggles.
However, now writer and creator Knight has released a short story looking at the character’s past and it seems like there is more fodder for flashbacks.
The story was released on new website Peakyblinders.tv along with a short poem focused on Alfie Solomons’ past.
Entitled The Ballad of Tommy Shelby, the four-minute poem is performed by actor Cillian Murphy.
The short clip features a number of reveals about his past, including what he was like when he was a child as well as more about his life during the war.
The ballad starts with a narration about how Tommy’s inclination for causing trouble started from a young age.
He reads: “The boy had something you know, one of them kids walks around so brave and quiet behind the sleepy lids.
“Never made a sound he didn’t mean you to hear, like a stare from behind when you turn and it’s there.
“But for a laugh with a stick – not to rob you – he’d come out of the fog, not to rob you, just to scare you and make you laugh.”
Knight’s short story also reveals Tommy’s love for horses has also long been a part of his life.
He added: “And once to save a horse, he used a stick on drunk, they had to pull him away or the man would be dead.”
The story also follows how Tommy went away to war in 1915 when he enlisted in the army to become a tunneller.
Murphy reads: “No one digs you up just to bury you back because you’re underground all day already and that was your luck.”
Knight has not revealed whether there will be any more callbacks to Tommy’s life before the war in the next season.
However, the series has being playing with different narrative structures in its last few outings.
This manifested itself in season five through Tommy experiencing a number of hallucinations of his late wife Grace Shelby (Annabelle Wallis).
The most notable came in the final episode of the series when Tommy called out to her through the mist before raising a gun to his head.
Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.