All good things must come to an end, And so it is with Peaky Blinders.
With reports that production has begun on the sixth season of this critically-acclaimed Birmingham based period drama, what we also learn is that this will be the final season too.
Steve Knight, creator of Peaky Blinders, announced this news, with a promise that this may be the final televised season, but not the end of the Shelby family fortunes:
“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.”
While this is a BBC produced show, in recent years it has also been made available through Netflix, causing me to wonder whether or not there may be a film being planned to wrap up all and anything they can’t include in a sixth series?
Peaky Blinders follows the fortunes, and misfortunes of the Shelby family. A rough, tough Irish family who lived and worked in Small Heath; an area of Birmingham I am only too familiar with having tight there for over 15 years. A working class part of Birmingham that still remains so to this day. But an area of Birmingham that has become world famous thanks to the fictionalised story of Shelby clan and their criminal exploits. Closely related in tone and theme to The Godfather trilogy, but set in Birmingham, Peaky Blinders follows Thomas Shelby as he returns from the trenches of World War I and takes charge of the family business. Not too differently to Michael Corleone after his own return to America after World War II. And, like the Corleone patriarch, we witness Shelby gain an illicit fortunes only to seek legitimacy for the family as Knight mixes historical characters such as Winston Churchill and fascist Edward Moseley with fictionalised, melodramatic events too.
The sixth series will be written once again by series creator Steve Knight, alongside Anthony Byrne returning as director and Nick Goding will produce. No word on a launch date, but knowing how UK dramas are often scheduled, I’d look for a September 2021 launch here in Britain at least.