Hit BBC drama and BAFTA-winning period gangster saga “Peaky Blinders” will end after its upcoming sixth season, which has begun filming, producers said today. Creator and writer Steven Knight has also promised the story will “continue in another form.”
The series follows the story of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his notorious family’s rise to power against the backdrop of the working class, post-WWI Birmingham. Season 5 drew record numbers for BBC One. Still, after a long production delay due to Covid, there is solace that the team is back.
Created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy, the beloved drama first aired on BBC Two eight years ago before making the move to BBC One in 2019 with audiences of over 7M. Outside the UK, it is available on Netflix.
Knight says, “Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher. We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.”
The season 6 ending is a surprise given Knight previously told Entertainment Weekly in 2019 that “Peaky Blinders” would live to see season 7. However, a year’s delay in production due to the pandemic is likely to have accelerated plans to wrap with season 6, which will likely air in late 2021 or possibly even early 2022 depending on how quickly production can complete filming amid the U.K.’s ongoing virus crisis.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach added, “Along with our wonderful, supportive, partners at BBC and Netflix, we have been working diligently to ensure we can get Peaky safely back into production; the safety of our cast and crew is always our priority. Thank you to all the Peaky fans who have been so unwaveringly supportive and patient. Steve’s scripts are incredible and mark the end of an epic story that has entranced audiences since it first started in 2013, but the world of Peaky Blinders will most definitely live on.”
The sixth season is written by Knight, while Anthony Byrne returns as a director having directed season five to great acclaim, and Nick Goding will produce. Executive producers are Caryn Mandabach, Steven Knight, Jamie Glazebrook, David Mason, Anthony Byrne, and Cillian Murphy.
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