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Peaky Blinders to end after season seven - but movie also possible

Peaky Blinders

Story by Jack Foley

BAFTA winning BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders is to end after its seventh season, according to show creator Steven Knight.

Speaking after the fourth season of the show picked up the coveted prize for best drama series at the BAFTA TV Awards, Knight confirmed that the series, starring Cillian Murphy, will bow out after three more series. But he also said that a movie remained a distinct possibility.

Speaking to journalists after the awards, Knight said: “My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars, so always I’ve wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939. It’ll take three more series to reach that point.”

Knight also revealed that a Peaky Blinders film could also be on the cards, somewhere between now and the seventh season, rather than after the TV run had ended.

On the movie, he teased: “We’re getting approached to do all kinds of things – the ballet, the musical… but the movie would be great. I wouldn’t want to do it at the very end, but maybe in between two of the series.”

Needless to say, Knight wouldn’t be drawn on any potential storylines for either the forthcoming seasons or the movie.

But a director for the fifth season has already been announced, in the form of Anthony Byrne, whose most recent work, In Darkness, is due in cinemas later this year.