Peaky Blinders' Tommy Shelby, played by Irish star Cillian Murphy, is seen brooding over a gun in a dramatic new picture released ahead of the show's fifth series, while the return date for upcoming run has been unveiled.

A photo released to promote the new series shows Tommy Shelby sitting at a table with his head in his hand as he looks at a gun and a single bullet.

Dramatic image released to promote Peaky Blinders' upcoming fifth season

The return date for the highly-anticipated fifth run of the BBC One gangster drama has been confirmed as Sunday, August 25 at 9pm.

The fifth season of the Bafta-winning series will see Shelby trying to make his mark politically as fascism rises around Europe ahead of WWII.

Peaky Blinders returns to BBC One at 9pm on Sunday, August 25.