Love for cult hit Peaky Blinders grows

By Heather Large | Entertainment | Published:

It is the period gangster drama that has become a transatlantic cult phenomenon.

Cillian Murphy poses for photos with fans as he attends the Peaky Blinders Series Four premiere at Cineworld in Birmingham

Peaky Blinders, which is partly filmed at Dudley’s Black Country Living Museum, continues to attract fans across the globe.

And series four of the Birmingham set 1920s popular show has elevated it to one of British TV's most famous exports.

It came to a characteristically bloody end with major characters being killed off, political betrayals and an apparent mental health crisis for the ruthless Tommy Shelby played by Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

It saw the final appearances of rival gangsters Alfie Solomons and Luca Changretta, played by Tom Hardy and Adrien Brody respectively.

But fans now face a long wait for more episodes as the hit drama is not due to return to television screens until 2019 with filming expected to get under way in the autumn.

In a recent interview, Steven Knight revealed he hasn't actually written it yet. "It's in my head, it's not the best place for it to be. So I'm going to start writing that very soon and we will start shooting it next year," he said.

To celebrate the latest episodes, which included scenes filmed at the Black Country Living Museum earlier this year, a celebrity premiere, attracting many of the big cast names, took place in Birmingham in October.

Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson and newcomer Aidan Gillen, from Game of Thrones, walked the red carpet at the Cineworld in Broad Street.

On the back of the show's success, the Black Country Living Museum has launched Peaky Blinders Nights, which have proved a huge draw.

People from the Black Country and further afield have donned flat caps and 1920s dresses during the events, which saw the museum’s ground’s altered to give a true Peaky Blinders feel, featuring props from the set and a barber shop on show.

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.


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