Work has begun on the sixth season of Peaky Blinders, before the fifth season has even aired.
The hit period drama series about a crime family in Birmingham, England in the 1920s launched on BBC Two in 2013 and Season 5 started filming in Manchester last autumn.
All the regular cast are returning in the 6 new one-hour episodes, with The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Miniaturist), Brian Gleeson (Phantom Thread), Neil Maskell (Humans), Kate Dickie (The Cry), Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) and Emmett J Scanlan (Safe) also joining the ensemble.
Filming wrapped last month and Peaky Blinders will be moving to BBC One when it returns later in 2019.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has confirmed that he’s already started writing scripts for the show’s sixth season, which is expected to air in 2020.
He told Slate: “I’m about to start writing Season 6 now and if all the wheels fall off, or it goes horribly wrong, there’s probably people that will say something. But at this moment, it has its own logic and momentum. Right now, it feels as if the characters are just writing themselves.”
The upcoming Season 5 will find the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929.
The official synopsis reveals: “Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere. When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.”
Knight also confirmed that he’ll remain the sole writer for Peaky Blinders.
He explained: “Peaky is a very personal thing for me because it’s based on stories that I was told as a kid by my parents. At the very beginning, I tried to have other writers involved but it just didn’t work.
“There’s no writers’ room, or any other writer involved. I write everything from beginning to end. Maybe it’s just me not being able to let go of something, especially with Peaky. I can’t let it go.”
Peaky Blinders is available on DVD on Amazon.