Peaky Blinders series 5 will air on Sunday, August 25 at 9PM (GMT). Unlike previous seasons, which were broadcast on BBC 2, series 5 of Peaky Blinders will air on BBC 1. If you’re outside the UK, you can watch Peaky Blinders series 5 free on the BBC iPlayer streaming service with the help of a VPN.
Please keep in mind that this article will only cover official sources for watching Peaky Blinders online. While this show might be available on illegal streaming sites, we don’t recommend them. In particular, they’re vulnerable to being shut down at a moment’s notice. What’s more, they tend to provide inferior video quality and poor performance, with lots of buffering and lag. Besides, you can stream Peaky Blinders series 5 online for free on BBC iPlayer with a VPN.
Peaky Blinders is only available on region-locked platforms. That means you’ll need a VPN to watch it abroad.
How to watch Peaky Blinders series 5 online with a VPN
Using a VPN to watch Peaky Blinders series 5 online is surprisingly quick and easy. You can watch Peaky Blinders series 5 online on BBC iPlayer by live streaming BBC 1 via the BBC iPlayer app or by selecting the episode on-demand following the live TV broadcast. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on what you’ll need to do:
Using a VPN to watch Peaky Blinders series 5
- First of all, you’ll need to create a BBC iPlayer account (signup is free) if you don’t yet have one. This requires you to enter your date of birth, email address, a secure password, and a UK postcode. Any UK postcode is accepted. You don’t need to provide proof of your location.
- Sign up with a VPN service with servers in the UK that can unblock BBC iPlayer. We recommend ExpressVPN. However, CyberGhost and NordVPN are both excellent, low-cost alternatives.
- Download and install the appropriate app or browser extension for your device.
- Open the VPN app or browser extension and connect to a server in the UK.
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies to ensure BBC iPlayer forgets your previous IP address and location. It should then accept the new UK IP address of the VPN.
- Go to BBC iPlayer (via the website or one of the apps) and select an episode of Peaky Blinders which should now be unblocked. If not, we recommend you connect to a different UK server. Alternatively, try contacting your VPN’s customer support.
Where else can I watch Peaky Blinders online?
Peaky Blinders series 5 will initially only be available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer (you’ll also find the complete series 1-4 on BBC iPlayer). However, series 1-4 are available to watch with a couple of other streaming services. For this reason, it’s likely only a matter of time until Peaky Blinders series 5 is available beyond the BBC.
If you want to catch up on old episodes, you can find series 1-4 of Peaky Blinders on Netflix US and UK. While BBC iPlayer is free, Netflix is a paid service with subscription prices at $8.99/£5.99, $12.99/£8.99, and $15.99/£11.99, at the time of writing. However, there’s also the option of a 30-day free trial for new customers so you can watch most of Peaky Blinders for free if you’re quick! Speaking of free trials, ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it risk-free.
You can also purchase each episode or series (1-4) of Peaky Blinders on Amazon. An episode in SD quality currently costs $1.99 while an HD quality episode is $2.99. Alternatively, an entire season is priced at $10.99 (SD) or $14.99 (HD). Admittedly, this isn’t the best option when you can watch Peaky Blinders for free on BBC iPlayer or on Netflix via a free trial.
Can I use a free VPN to watch Peaky Blinders series 5?
Unfortunately, many free VPNs simply can’t unblock the BBC iPlayer. This makes it very difficult to watch Peaky Blinders series 5 because it’s only available on the BBC to start with. Even if you want to simply unblock old episodes of Peaky Blinders on Netflix, most free VPNs don’t work with this streaming service. Furthermore, free VPNs aren’t ideal for streaming due to their often slow servers, which make for a very inconsistent streaming experience.
We also advise against free VPNs because they tend to lack the security and privacy protections of their paid rivals. In particular, many free VPNs are known to log the personal data and browsing history of users, selling the information to third parties. Even those that don’t keep logs may not use encryption to secure your data. Other free VPNs may make money through targeting you with spammy ads. All in all, free VPNs don’t come close to the quality of the best paid VPNs.
What can we expect from Peaky Blinders series 5?
The conclusion of Peaky Blinders Season 4 sees the Shelby family more powerful than ever following Tommy’s election as an MP in the Birmingham South constituency. Series 5 is likely to explore these new political connections as well as the various repercussions of the financial crash of 1929. Another serious topic expected to be covered is Tommy’s increasingly fragile mental health.
Which cast members will be returning to Peaky Blinders?
It’s been confirmed that, with the exception of Joe Cole (John Shelby), all major cast members will be returning for series 5. This includes Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby), Helen McCrory (Aunt Polly), Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby), Sophie Rundle (Ada Shelby), Kate Phillips (Linda Shelby), and Natasha O’Keeffe (Lizzie Stark). Aidan Gillen will also be returning as Aberama Gold.
Peaky Blinders Series 5 will also see the introduction of new characters including Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley and Brian Gleeson and Anya Taylor-Joy whose character names are yet to be announced. Sadly, we don’t expect to see the return of Tom Hardy following the death of his character, Alfie Solomons, at the close of series 4.
Will there be a Peaky Blinders series 6?
Yes, there will be a Peaky Blinders series 6! In fact, there’s likely to be a series 7 as well, according to Steven Knight, creator of the show. Knight has since gone on to discuss the possibility of a Peaky Blinders film, citing the show’s growing popularity, particularly across the pond in the United States.