Cillian Murphy Hints That There's Plenty More 'Peaky Blinders' To Come
Peaky Blinders creator and writer Steven Knight has been pretty vocal about the fact that he originally felt the show only warranted five series.
"Never say never, but we feel that series five may be the last," Knight said, speaking to Radio Times, adding: "We don't know for sure. Peaky is one of those things everybody loves, and the response has been so magnificent on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, it seems he's since had a change of heart, and is open for more - and, crucially, so is the programme's star, Cillian Murphy.
"The thought has long been to finish after season 5," Knight told Deadline. "But the momentum and love for the thing seems to still be growing exponentially and this is making us pause before deciding finally."
He also added that Peaky Blinders is the 'beast that will not die'.
Murphy holds a similar view, chipping in with: "Listen, you know Steve has so many ideas. He's so inventive, I wouldn't be surprised."
He says there's just one stipulation, and that's that the writing has to maintain the strong standard that's been set.
"For me, I've always said as long as the writing stays as good as it is, I'm around."
He also once said in an interview with Esquire that while they'd have to be 'careful', he's still 'curious' to do it.
Neither Knight nor Murphy has specified what could or couldn't work, but they've ruled out neither a sixth season or a film.
The fourth, most recent series of Peaky reached its conclusion towards the end of last year, ending on a high with a seriously explosive episode.
The finale was a hit with fans, but they were left feeling decidedly less happy after the BBC revealed that we'd have to wait until 2019 for the next installment.
BBC Two posted to both Facebook and Twitter: "CONFIRMED: #PeakyBlinders will return to BBC Two in 2019."
The Beeb then signed off the post with an emoji wearing sunglasses looking smug.
As Knight has previously said, the new series will likely continue until just before the start of World War Two, so there is plenty of time for the South Side Italians to meet up with the Peaky Blinders.
Many people have also said that they'd love to see Stephen Graham joining the cast - specifically as iconic gangster Al Capone.
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