“Peaky Blinders” will conclude with the British period crime drama’s upcoming sixth season, which has just begun production in the U.K., the BBC announced Monday.
“‘Peaky’ is back and with a bang,” creator and writer Steven Knight said in a statement Monday. “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.”
Representatives for BBC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on what other “form” Knight was referring to.
Set in Birmingham, England, “Peaky Blinders” takes place after World War I and stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, a powerful member of the Shelby crime family. The fifth season of the show aired on BBC One in the fall of 2019 and launched on Netflix on Oct. 4, 2019.
Along with Murphy, the cast of “Peaky Blinders” includes Helen McCrory (“Skyfall,” “Harry Potter”) as Polly Gray, Paul Anderson (“The Revenant”,” Legend”) as Arthur Shelby, Sophie Rundle (“Bodyguard”) as Ada Thorne (“Shelby”), Finn Cole (“Animal Kingdom”) as Michael Gray, Kate Phillips (“The Crown”) as Linda Shelby, Natasha O’Keeffe (“Sherlock Holmes: The Abominable Bride”) as Lizzie Stark, Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) as Aberama Gold, Jack Rowan (“Born to Kill”) as Bonnie Gold, Charlie Murphy (“Happy Valley”) as Jessie Eden, Kingsley Ben-Adir (“Deep State”) as Col Ben Younger, Harry Kirton (“We Can Be Heroes”) as Finn Shelby, Packy Lee (“The Frankenstein Chronicles”) as Johnny Dogs, Ned Dennehy (“Good Omens”) as Charlie Strong, Ian Peck (“Endeavour”) as Curly and poet/musician Benjamin Zephaniah as Jeremiah Jesus.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach added in her own statement: “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. Series six marks 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.”
Netflix, which airs the BBC show in the U.S., did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the series ending.
The sixth and final season of “Peaky Blinders” was written by Knight. Anthony Byrne will return to direct Season 6, with Nick Goding producing. Executive producers include Knight, Mandabach, Jamie Glazebrook, David Mason, Anthony Byrne and Cillian Murphy. Tommy Bulfin is executive producer for the BBC and Lucy Bedford is executive producer for Tiger Aspect.
“Peaky Blinders” hails from Caryn Mandabach Productions and is co-produced with Tiger Aspect Productions and distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.