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New Details Of 'Peaky Blinders' Series Five Have Just Been Released

New Details Of 'Peaky Blinders' Series Five Have Just Been Released

The next series won't air until 2019, but we now know a few more details

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews

If you have been having Thomas Shelby-withdrawal symptoms ever since the end of series four of Peaky Blinders, then you might be happy to hear that some details about the next series have just been released.

While we're still going to have to wait until 2019 for the next season to return to BBC Two, producers have just revealed who will be directing the next instalment of the gangster drama series.

Deadline was first to report that Anthony Byrne is set to be the show's director for all six episodes, just like most of the previous directors - David Caffrey, Tim Mielants and Colm McCarthy - did too.

Anthony has previously directed ITV's three-part drama titled Butterfly, starring Anna Friel, as well as co-writing In Darkness with Game Of Thrones' Natalie Dormer.

It is unclear whether series five will be the last time the Peaky Blinders gang will grace our screens, although show creator Steven Knight has previously hinted that might be sadly the case.


As series four came to an end, Steven told Digital Spy: "Each time, we do six episodes [per series]... and can you sum up the story in six episodes? Or do you need another six? That's the question.

"If it doesn't need a season six, I don't think there'll be one. But it may need one, because [six episodes is] such a short period of time."

Fingers crossed they'll still be up for producing a sixth season.

Meanwhile, series star Tom Hardy recently teased a snap of his transformation into infamous gangster Al Capone for his latest role.

Excitement is fast mounting for Fonzo, a forthcoming film which will focus on the later life of the Chicago mobster - in particular, when he was incarcerated for tax evasion and suffering heavily from dementia.


According to the promotional notes, it will depict how Al Capone's 'past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life'.

It was hoped that Capone might make an appearance in Peaky Blinders, with fans hoping Stephen Graham would pick up the role after playing the infamous mobster in Boardwalk Empire, but PB's Paul Anderson poured water on that idea earlier this year.

"Stevie would be perfect," Anderson told Digital Spy in January. "I mean, Stevie is great as Al Capone, and he's a friend of mine and he's a great actor - but it just wouldn't work, because he already plays him in that TV show. I don't think that could work.

"It'd be like him coming in from Boardwalk Empire, it'd be like crossing shows. People would probably like that, but then it might be a little bit strange, or weird. Which is a shame, because he would be great [otherwise]."

Featured Image Credit: BBC Two/Peaky Blinders

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, UK Entertainment, Peaky Blinders