Aidan Gillen has teased the upcoming series of Peaky Blinders saying he was "quite excited by these scripts, even more so than last year" adding that the scale of the set pieces will match or exceed what has come before them.

Gillen, who plays Aberama Gold in the series, said his initial reaction to reading the scripts for season five was "wow, this is going to be a challenge."

"I remember reading through the script and thinking 'wow, this is going to be a challenge.' But this director (Anthony Byrne), I’ve worked with him already and he did some of the great episodes of Love/Hate," Gillen told Joe.ie.

"He’s very detailed, specific, and sticks with his good ideas. He doesn't let people off with doing an ok job."

Looking ahead to his character's interactions with the Shelby family, Gillen said, "I come across most of the main characters at some point. There are some great additions this season.

"I was quite excited by these scripts, even more so than last year. Just in terms of the scale and the places we go and the people we see, it’s a little more dangerous and explosive."

He added, "At this point, I’m pretty much a part of the family because the relationship with Polly (Helen McCrory) is quite strong. That’s why I’m there. You do get to know him a good bit more than last season which felt more like an introduction than anything."

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

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