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Peaky Blinders’ ‘fantastic’ action and tribute to Helen McCrory draws 3.8 million viewers

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The final series of the hit BBC One series Peaky Blinders begins with an emotional tribute to actress Helen McCrory, who sadly passed away last April following a battle with cancer. breast

The opening season for Peaky Blinders’ sixth series drew an impressive 3.8 million viewers, with fans praising the tribute to the late actress Helen McCrory, nearly a year after her death prior to.

Avid fans of the series were eagerly watching Sunday night for the latest antics from the infamous Shelby family and were deeply moved to witness Helen’s passing. McCrory and be remembered.

The episode addresses McCrory’s absence by writing her death into the plot.

Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, can be seen facing the consequences of his ambitious actions when a corpse truck is ruthlessly delivered to his door.






Helen McCrory passed away last spring after battling breast cancer

Opening the body bag while crying, the scene then switches to a portrait of Polly, implying that she is one of the victims in the body bag.

Polly’s son Michael looked at his mother’s memorial and said, “Mom, it was one man’s ambition and strategy that caused this.

“And I swear to the devil of God almighty, no matter what happens, no matter how many lies I tell, I will avenge Tommy Shelby.”

Before the attribution aired, a tribute appeared onscreen that read: “Dedicated to Helen McCrory OBE ‘Polly Grey'” as the sound of birdsong echoed in the background.

Rebecca Foster, the artist who painted the portrait in the episode, wrote: “It is a great honor and responsibility to paint this portrait of Helen McCrory for tonight’s episode of Peaky Blinders. I hope I did. her justice.”







Helen made a big splash with viewers, all of whom were moved by the tribute
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While one fan wrote: “RIP Helen McCrory. You are an absolutely amazing woman.”

Another added: “Steven Knight’s phenomenal work has been brilliantly performed by the cast. What a tribute to Helen McCrory. #PeakyBlinders.”

A third fan tweeted: “Brilliant opening episode. There have been a lot of emotional parts to the series, but its main win has to be a beautiful tribute to the late, great Helen McCrory – whom Aunt Polly still feels very present. #PeakyBlinders.”

While a fourth person wrote: “It’s great to finally have the epic Peaky Blinders return tonight but it will also be bittersweet with the absence of the brilliant Helen McCrory as Auntie. Polly.”

It is reported that the episode attracted a whopping 3.8 million viewers, beating out the 100,000 who debuted season 5 in 2019.

McCrory died of breast cancer in April 2021 when she was just 52 years old.







Helen McCrory as Polly Grey
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She died at her home in London on April 16, and her husband announced her death on Twitter.

Damian Lewis announced that she passed away “peacefully at home, surrounded by waves of love from friends and family”.

She kept her diagnosis a secret, and very little was known about her illness before her death.

At the time of her death, she was in the middle of series six of the show, which is why she was written out of the plot.

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