BBC Peaky Blinders fans 'sobbing' as show pays tribute to Polly Gray star Helen McCrory

The first episode is a tribute to the late Helen McCrory, who played Polly Gray on the BBC's Peaky Blinders
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The long-awaited sixth series Peaky Blinders launches tonight (27 February) on BBC One. The first episode begins with Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) holding a gun to his head after failing to kill Sir Oswald Mosley.

It then revealed how the boss decided to write the late Helen McCrory from the hit crime drama. Within minutes of the episode's opening, Tommy learns that Polly Gray has been killed by the IRA in retaliation for the Shelby family's attempted assassination of Sir Oswald.

The whole family - including Shelby's siblings Arthur (Paul Anderson), Ada (Sophie Lendall) and Finn (Harry Cotton) - later gather to pay tribute to their aunt Polly salute. Michael (Finn Cole) leaves after a minute of silence around the fire, vowing to avenge his mother's death.

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Viewers took to Twitter to praise the show and its cast's emotional scenes.

Char CharHorwood tweeted: "Missing a beautiful and poignant tribute to #HelenMcCrory so much."

Matt glwy1867 wrote: "That goodbye, I bet it's not an ounce of performance, the emotion is well felt through the screen."

Nora Shatzif 77 added: "I wonder how they're going to celebrate the passing of Helen's so poignant, lovely, so sad. A great tribute x."

Becky shadylady222 commented: "Well done #peakyblinders. Emotional farewell to a beautiful, talented and amazing legend."

Charlee charleeann24 said: "Well #PeakyBlinders made me cry for the first 5 minutes, RIP Helen McCrory is such an actress."

Maria Afezandbowties said: "I'm already sobbing and this is just the beginning. It's a tribute to Helen."

Helen's husband Damian Lewis has confirmed his wife's tragic death in April 2021. She died at 52 after a "heroic battle" with cancer.

Peaky Blinders returns for a sixth season on BBC One and iPlayer on February 27 at 9pm, with new episodes on Sunday at 9pm. Sign up for our Shelby Times newsletter and don't miss the Peaky Blinders trick to bring you the latest news from the show.

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