Peaky Blinders adding Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Sabbath to its soundtrack

Two Birmingham behemoths are joining forces: Peaky Blinders and Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Sabbath.

The fifth series of the BBC’s gangster series starts on Sunday, and director Anthony Byrne admits he’s surprised the guitar-heavy soundtrack hasn’t featured the Prince of Darkness before.

“We are using their tracks The Wizard and War Pigs,” he explained. “We built a library of music that we auditioned against different scenes. Black Sabbath just felt like a no-brainer.

I was going: ‘Why’ve they not been used before?’”

Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby, has said the soundtrack has a certain style.

“You just know when a song is ‘Peaky’,” he said. “The artists are outsiders. They have resisted the tyranny of the mainstream.”

Artist Anna Calvi, who has written a score for the new series, told NME: “I was interested in giving Tommy’s unconscious mind a feminine voice. It makes it more frightening somehow.”

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