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GALLERY: Cillian Murphy and co shoot Peaky Blinders in the Black Country

By Rebecca Stanley | Dudley | Dudley entertainment | Published:

The Peaky Blinders cast are back in the Black Country.

Peaky Blinders stars Paul Anderson, who plays Arthur Shelby, and Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby

Trademark caps? Check.

Stylish pre-war long coats? Check.

Authentic 1930s set? Check.

2018 Costa Coffee? Well, that looks a bit out of place.

But who’s going to argue with the Shelbys, as Cillian Murphy and co returned to the Black Country Living Museum to film the new series of Peaky Blinders?

And anyway, a crafty Costa and a quick vape off camera are hardly likely to dull millions of fans’ enthusiasm for the brilliant gangster drama.

GALLERY: Peaky Blinders film at Living Museum

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Hollywood A-lister Murphy was joined by Paul Anderson, who plays Arthur Shelby, and Helen McCrory, who takes on the role of Polly Gray.

Filming was taking place on Friday at the Tipton Road attraction that has once again been transformed into a set for the Birmingham-based show.

The actors were decked out in their signature smart suits and newsboy caps as they chatted with cast and crew, and shot scenes for the eagerly anticipated new series.

Scenes have been shot on location in Manchester and Stoke over recent weeks.

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And trailers arrived in the museum car park in Dudley on Thursday morning to begin setting up. It is believed they will be here for the next coming week or so.

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The first image of the season was released earlier this month of Cillian reprising his role as Tommy Shelby, which saw the star riding a black horse against a stormy background.

Paul Anderson also shared behind the scenes photos as filming for the series got under way.

The first official image released ahead of season five

Michael Gray, played by Finn Cole, and Sophie Rundle, who stars as Tommy’s sister Ada Thorne, are also all set to return to the Bafta award-winning series, which has moved from BBC Two to BBC One.

The end of series four saw the Shelby family take more power than ever before after Tommy was elected as an MP for Birmingham South.

Series five of Steven Knight’s crime family saga sees the Shelbys thrown into difficult times following the financial crash of 1929.

Now the Labour MP for Small Heath in Birmingham, Shelby is approached by a politician with a plan that could change his and his family’s lives.

The best yet

Executive producer Caryn Mandabach said: “Steve’s Birmingham saga becomes more fascinating and more relevant with every chapter.

“This one promises to be the best yet. I’m truly grateful to the BBC for their support of such thrilling, immersive and resonant storytelling.”

Trailers belonging to the crew at the Black Country Living Museum

Creator Knight said: “The story of the Peaky Blinders and of the Shelby family gets woven into the political fabric of Britain and Europe as the 1920s end and the 30s begin.

“Tommy Shelby faces the darkest force he has ever faced and his struggle is as relevant today as it was then.”

Earlier this year, creator Steven Knight revealed he had plans for three more seasons of the show, and even teased that the show could spawn a film.

Knight said: “Our ambition is to make a story of a family between the two World Wars. I’ve always wanted to end with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939.

“We’re getting approached to do all kinds of things - the ballet, the musical and the movie would be great.

“I wouldn’t want to do it at the very end but maybe in between two of the series.”

The show returns to BBC One in 2019.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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