The 'Peaky Blinders' movie will happen, says show’s creator Steven Knight

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
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Cillian Murphy in a still from Peaky Blinders (BBC/Netflix)
Cillian Murphy in a still from Peaky Blinders (BBC/Netflix)

Following yesterday’s shock announcement that Peaky Blinders would end with the sixth series, its creator has said the hit drama will be turned into a movie.

Steven Knight recently confirmed the BBC One show will end after its upcoming sixth series.

Knight has now told Deadline: “Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie.

“That is what is going to happen.”

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The TV crime drama, which is set in interwar Birmingham, has resumed production following delays due to coronavirus.

The sixth series, written by Knight, will conclude the saga of Cillian Murphy’s troubled Tommy Shelby and his family’s rise to power against the backdrop of industrial Birmingham.

Read more: Stephen Graham was set to join Peaky Blinders before coronavirus delay

Knight has said of a sixth series: “Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.

“We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 02: Steven Knight, Caryn Mandabach and Cillian Murphy  discuss "Peaky Blinders" with the Build Series at Build Studio on October 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Steven Knight, Caryn Mandabach and Cillian Murphy of "Peaky Blinders" fame in 2019. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Knight has teased a Peaky Blinders movie in the past, telling NME in 2019: “When we get to the end of the seven series, we’ll think about [the movie]. There’s still a lot of energy in it and places it can go. We’ve been thinking about spin-offs, and I’m also interested in doing something with the Second World War.”

In 2020 he told Radio Times: "I know how it's going to end, this particular incarnation of the family story, I know that it's going to end at the beginning of the Second World War. But after that I think that the momentum is such that maybe we will continue with other bits of the story."