The writer was speaking at the London premiere of the show’s fifth season, which is set in the late 1920s and sees Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby enter the realm of politics and go head to head with Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin), who later became the leader of the British Union of Fascists.
“There’s the rise of nationalism, populism, fascism and racism,” said Knight, “the huge sweep across the world, and you look at the world now and what I hope people might take from this is what was the consequence of when it happened last time?
“Nine years later there was a war. That’s what happened before and there was this real movement of, ‘We must protect ourselves, foreigners are the enemy.’”
He added: “People will find it staggering that the language, the phrases, the sentences used at the time are not just similar [to now] but the same, it’s chilling.”
Peaky Blinders season five will air on BBC1 later this year.
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