One of the most-watched shows in recent years, not just in Britain but all over the world, has been the British drama Peaky Blinders. The BBC production, which is licensed for broadcast in the rest of the world by the streaming giant Netflix, has perhaps done more than any other entertainment product in history to bring Birmingham to the notice of the world, with the exploits of the Shelby family proving to be some of the best television in recent memory. However, fans have had to wait a long time for new episodes, with the fifth season having premiered in September 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic having delayed plans for the sixth season.
According to the show’s director Anthony Byrne, the sixth season was originally scheduled to be released in early 2021. However, the pandemic put paid to those plans, and in fact, filming has not yet begun on the new season, although there are hopes that it will be started in the next few weeks. The likelihood is that the sixth season will only be released sometime in 2022 now, and even that depends on shooting beginning soon, since that alone will take up to five or six months, followed by around six months of editing and post-production.
In terms of cast members, all the major cast members are expected to return. This includes the star of the show, Cilian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, as well as Helen McRory, Finn Cole, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle and Natasha O’Keeffe. This group of actors, along with the other cast members and the crew, have single-handedly put Birmingham on the world map, as well as making the signature flat caps worn by the Shelbys into a must-have fashion icon. Netflix has played a major part in this as well, since the show can be watched by anyone anywhere in the world with a Netflix subscription, and this has also extended its influence to other areas. In fact, the gambling sphere has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this, which is quite fitting given the strong theme of betting and gambling which runs throughout this show. There are various online gambling providers who offer players bitcoin jackpot slots based on the show, which have proved to be very popular.
In terms of season six, there is a possibility that Tom Hardy will show up again, given that his character made a surprise reappearance at the end of season five, while the likes of Sam Claflin and Anya Taylor-Joy will also be reprising their roles. The new season will also begin directly from the cliffhanger on which season five ended, with that moment being resolved and the story moving forward. At the same time, there will also be a time jump, with the show moving forward to 1934, which is in line with the series creators’ ambition to have the show end just around the time that the Second World War begins, with an air raid siren in Birmingham supposedly being the final moment of the series. Of course, there is still some time before we get there, since the writer, Steven Knight, has said that it will take a total of seven seasons to tell the story of the Shelbys.
Of course, fans are more concerned with season six at present, but there is still a lot in the air at the moment, given that filming has not yet begun, which means that there is not even a trailer to make any guesses from. Nevertheless, the hope is that filming can begin soon, and fans of the show will soon have some more concrete news to look forward to.