Ozzy Osbourne to appear in Peaky Blinders season 5 as Black Sabbath joins show's soundtrack

OZZY Osbourne is to appear in Peaky Blinders season 5 as Black Sabbath joins the show's soundtrack.

Fans are counting down the hours until the BBC gangster series returns tonight at 9pm – and now it's confirmed the heavy metal band will be heard throughout the series.

Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne said: “We are using their tracks The Wizard and War Pigs,

“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?’”

Actor Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby, has previously spoken about the show's unique soundtrack, admitting it only features artists who are "outsiders" who have "resisted the tyranny of the mainstream".

Brummie Ozzy – known as the Prince Of Darkness – was the lead singer of 1970s band Black Sabbath.

He was fired over alcohol and drug problems in 1979 but later rejoined to record their final album.

The 70-year-old rocker had been set for another UK and European tour but was forced to cancel 2019 and 2020 tour dates as he recovers from a nasty fall.

He slipped and fell during the night on the way to the loo leaving him in "terrible pain" as his bones "splintered" from bashing his head against the corner of a table in April.

He had to undergo two operations and can't return to performing until he's fully recovered.

News that his music is set to star in the hit series – based in his hometown of Birmingham – is hoped to have put a smile back on Ozzy's face.

Cillian is reprising his role as the dapper Shelby brother in the latest instalment of the gangster fan-favourite, which sees him take up his new position in Parliament.

The Season four finale saw Tommy elected an MP for Birmingham South in a landslide vote as the Shelby clan assume more power than ever.

Series five of the crime family saga will also find the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929.

Meanwhile, creator Steven Knight has previously explained how he would like the upcoming series to explore the rise of fascism in the pre-second-world-war era.

  • Peaky Blinders returns tonight at 9pm.

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