Peaky Blinders seasons 1 and 2 established the show as pretty much the best British TV can be, given the budget restraints that will always be in place compared to HBO, Netflix and the other American producers of so-called prestige drama.
Stylish, smart and well acted across the board, Tommy Shelby (and his haircut) quickly acquired a devoted following across the UK.
The third season? Meh.
Don't get us wrong, it wasn't a total dip in form, but somehow seeing the Peaky Blinders newly ensconced in a mansion and mixing with the elite having to all intents and purposes 'made it' felt a bit like when your favourite rapper goes from telling exhilarating stories of the street to talking about how many cars and houses they own. It always felt better when the Shelbys were plucky outsiders still rooted in Birmingham rather than isolated out in the country.
That said, Cillian Murphy doesn't want you to worry. Talking recently to ODE, he made a fairly strong prediction about season 4.
"I think season four will be the best it has been," he said.
"I'm very excited about it, we just wrapped last week and I think people will be in for a lot of surprises."
All very cryptic of course, but there are few surprises we're happy to know already about Peaky Blinder 4, specifically that Adrien Brody and Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones) have joined the cast, and that fan favourite Tom Hardy will return.
Little has been revealed so far about the plot besides the fact Brody will play someone who represents a new threat to the Shelby family, so for now we'll just have to hope Murphy is right.