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The BBC confirms that Peaky Blinders season 6 will be the last

Naomi Gordon
·4-min read

From Good Housekeeping

The BBC has confirmed that Peaky Blinders will conclude with season 6, and that filming for the final instalment is officially underway.

The critically-acclaimed gangster drama follows Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby and his notorious family's rise to prominence and power, against the backdrop of working class, post-First World War Birmingham.

Creator and writer Steven Knight says the final series will arrive with "a bang", but the story will continue in "another form", following ongoing reports that a Peaky Blinders film will be happening at some point in the near future.

"After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher, " Steven said in a statement. "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."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Peaky Blinders first aired on BBC Two eight years ago, and went on to become one of the channel’s most popular dramas, with ratings quickly growing from over two million for the first series to more than four million for series four. It made the transition to BBC One for the fifth series in 2019, achieving audiences of over seven million, and has since been acquired by Netflix.

STREAM PEAKY BLINDERS SEASONS 1 - 5 ON NETFLIX NOW

But what can fans expect from season 6 of Peaky Blinders?

Here's everything we know so far...

What will Peaky Blinders season 6 be about?

The dramatic season 5 finale saw Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby breaking down and threatening to kill himself by pointing a gun to his temple, after he was betrayed during his failed assassination attempt on Sam Claflin's Oswald Mosley.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

"It picks up directly [where it left off], so the very first image you will see will be back in that field…Tommy, with a gun to his head," Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne recently told Digital Spy. "Then, we will move on from there, we resolve that amazing moment…it's great."

No doubt Tommy will be looking to find out who double-crossed him and preparing to mete out a suitable punishment.

Tommy will also face a new female character in season 6, who is set to give him a "run for his money", and has a "similar ideology" to his arch nemesis Mosley.

"There's a great female character who is new, who is pretty dark. I haven't seen a character like her in Peaky before... she certainly gives Tommy a run for his money," he added.

"She challenges him in a different way basically. She's certainly not a protagonist and I don't know if she’s an antagonist. It's similar to Mosley…she has a similar ideology."

Who will be in Peaky Blinders season 6: The cast?

Cillian Murphy will be back as Tommy Shelby, hellbent on rooting out whoever betrayed him at the end of season 6. Following the failed assassination attempt on his head, Sam Claflin will be returning as Oswald Mosley.

Season 5 also delivered the shock twist that Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomon was miraculously still alive, so fans are hopeful that Tom will be back as Alfie, though that's yet to be officially confirmed.

Other returning cast members we can look forward to include Helen McCrory as Polly Gray, Finn Cole as Michael Gray, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, and Sophie Rundle as Ada Thorne.

Natasha O'Keefe returns as Lizzie Shelby, Packy Lee as Johnny Dogs, Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby, Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden, Emmett J Scanlan as Billy Grade, and Jordan Bolger as Isaiah.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

The Queen's Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy will return as Gina Grey, reuniting with Finn Cole's Michael as they attempt to overthrow Tommy Shelby and his business.

Unfortunately, Jack Rowan's Bonnie Gold, his father Aidan Gillen's Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) and Kingsley Ben-Adir's Colonel Ben Younger won't be back as they didn't survive season 5.

Peaky Blinders season 6: When will it air?

The BBC confirmed that production is officially underway for season 6, so we're expecting season 6 to launch later this year. We

Peaky Blinders is available to stream on BBC iPlayer and Netflix now.

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