Production on the new season of Peaky Blinders has been suspended.
The show’s sixth season was due to begin shooting in the north of England in the coming weeks.
A BBC spokesperson commented: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, the producers Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions of Peaky Blinders s6 have postponed filming … in consultation with and supported by the BBC.”
They added: “We will continue to review all productions on a case-by-case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organization and Public Health England.”
Main cast members Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle and Finn Cole were all expected to return in the six brand new episodes.
The show’s makers also posted an announcement on the official Peaky Blinders Instagram account earlier today, saying: “After much consideration, and in light of the developing situation concerning Covid-19, the start of production of Peaky Blinders series 6 has been postponed.”
The team also expressed their gratitude to Peaky Blinders fans, writing: “Huge thanks to our incredible cast and crew, and to all our amazing fans for their continued support.”
Season 6 was expected to premiere on BBC One in the UK in early 2021 and around the world on Netflix at a later date.
Helen McCrory, who plays Aunt Polly, recently finished filming her new political thriller series for the BBC and PBS.
Peaky Blinders is available on DVD on Amazon.