Created by acclaimed British filmmaker and screenwriter Steven Knight, ‘Peaky Blinders’ is a gritty and menacing series that mingles period piece and crime drama genre elements to create its brooding ambiance. Set in Birmingham in the aftermath of the Great War, the series follows the crimes and exploits of the Shelby family. The series first premiered in September 2013, on BBC Two, before shifting its base and moving to BBC One for its fifth and future outings. Owing to its popularity, it was picked up by Netflix and subsequently released in the USA in September 2014.
The BBC original crime drama has been showered with numerous awards and accolades, including the BAFTA Television Craft Awards and TV Choice Awards. Over the years, fans have loved the realistic period atmosphere woven by the creator and directors, and critics have especially praised the stellar performance of Cillian Murphy in the lead role. After the cliffhanger finale of the fifth season, you must be waiting for the follow-up round with bated breath. By order of the Peaky Blinders, let us share with you all the updates regarding ‘Peaky Blinders’ season 6!
Peaky Blinders Season 6 Release Date
‘Peaky Blinders’ season 5 premiered on October 4, 2019, on Netflix. Before it landed on the streamer, the season released in the UK on August 25, 2019, on BBC One, and wrapped up on September 22, 2019. The fifth season packs six episodes, with runtimes ranging between 55 and 65 minutes each.
Let us now probe into the details about the upcoming installment. On May 5, 2018, series creator Steven Knight intimated that season 6 would be happening. Production was scheduled to commence in March 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the filming commenced in January 2021 and was wrapped up in May 2021.
On January 18, 2021, the original network announced that the sixth season would be the show’s final. However, the creator had earlier expressed his interest in spawning a feature-length film, so we are hopeful for the potential franchise’s future. The director also spilled that the season will take around six months to complete the editing and post-production chores. If the cast and crew stay on track with the timelines, ‘Peaky Blinders’ season 6 will premiere sometime in Q1 2022 on BBC and in Q2 2022 on Netflix.
Peaky Blinders Season 6: Who is in it?
Among the central cast members, we shall see the following people in season 6: Cillian Murphy (Thomas “Tommy” Shelby), Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby Jr.), Sophie Rundle (Ada Thorne), Ned Dennehy (Charlie Strong), and Benjamin Zephaniah (Jeremiah “Jimmy” Jesus). Other stars that feature in the show are Harry Kirton (Finn Shelby), Neil Maskell (Winston Churchill), Natasha O’Keeffe (Lizzie Shelby), Packy Lee (Johnny Dogs), Finn Cole (Michael Gray), Anya Taylor-Joy (Gina Gray), Tom Hardy (Alfie Solomons), Charlie Murphy (Jessie Eden), Sam Claflin (Sir Oswald Mosley), and Kate Phillips (Linda Shelby).
All of the abovementioned actors will reprise their respective roles. The passing of Helen McCrory after a battle with cancer has marred some enthusiasm for the fans. Furthermore, it is not clear whether we shall see her in the role of Elizabeth “Polly” Gray posthumously. However, the season will hopefully bring some freshly cast actors and some old cast members for a worthwhile finale of the epic tale.
Peaky Blinders Season 6: What is it About?
At the end of the fifth season, Michael is driven out of the family after he revolts and Aunt Polly leaves the company. Tommy and Arthur kill Mickey in cold blood when they discover that he betrayed them. Later, Tommy visits Alfie Solomons hoping to garner support for his plan to assassinate Mosley at the rally. But things don’t work out as intended because Finn accidentally leaks out the plan. At the rally, just as Tommy’s men prepare to take a shot at Mosley and Jimmy, they are killed off. Frustrated with how things turned out, Tommy breaks down in the final moments of the season. As he lets out a scream, we see him pointing a gun to his head, just short of pulling the trigger.
One of the most glaring questions that the sixth installment will address is – does Tommy pull the trigger? Like every season, the upcoming iteration of the series will also begin with a characteristic time jump. The tensions will rise, with the threat of the Second World War looming on the horizon. The rumors of the coming war will overshadow the entire season, as it will pick up the story from 1934. In all likelihood, the Shelbys will get tangled in a war of their own. There will presumably be more parallels with history, as the 30s were a turbulent time for England. Stakes will be higher, and the story will turn more tragic.
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