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Peaky Blinders creator is looking for 'skinheads' for new series

Dominic Smithers

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Peaky Blinders creator is looking for 'skinheads' for new series

Fancy being in the Peaky Blinders? Well, I'm sorry, but we can't give you that.

However, we can offer the next best thing, because the show's creator, Steven Knight, is working on another gritty series, and he's looking for actors.

The acclaimed writer is currently working on a series called This Town, which centres on a group of young people who become immersed in the ska scene.

The synopsis reads: "This Town tells the story of an extended family and four young people who are drawn into the world of ska and two-tone music, which exploded from the grass roots of Coventry and Birmingham in the late '70s and early '80s, uniting black, white and Asian youths."

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You'll need a trim if you want to be part of Steven Knight's new series. Credit: Mark O'Flaherty/Alamy
You'll need a trim if you want to be part of Steven Knight's new series. Credit: Mark O'Flaherty/Alamy

And casting directors working on the series are looking for people with shaved heads to get involved and play skinheads.

A casting call for the series says: "Skinheads and people with shaved heads are wanted for an upcoming BBC series, This Town (by the creators of Peaky Blinders).

"In and around West Bromwich. Must have good availability from now until the end of February."

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According to the post, those who wish to get involved will receive a flat fee of £10 for travel.

If you're keen, then you need to email [email protected], using 'skinheads' in the subject line.

The long-awaited series will star Levi Brown, Jordan Bolger, Ben Rose and Eve Austin in the lead roles.

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella) and David Dawson of (My Policeman) are also involved.

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Speaking about the series last year, Knight said that it was a story he felt he needed to tell.

"This is a project very close to my heart," he said.

Steven Knight says the series is very close to his heart. Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy
Steven Knight says the series is very close to his heart. Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy

"It’s about an era I lived through and know well and it involves characters who I feel I grew up with.

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"It’s a love letter to Birmingham and Coventry but I hope people from all over the world will relate to it.”

It's safe to say the writer's been pretty busy over the past few months, with this upcoming series, SAS: Rogue Heroes landing on the BBC last year, and a Peaky Blinders film on the way.

Tommy Shelby himself, Cillian Murphy, revealed last year that the script was almost complete for the long-awaited feature.

When asked if production would commence soon, he said: “Yes, I believe so. I’ve still not read it [the script] but that’s the plan, the plan is to make a film and to continue the story but in the cinematic world rather than on the television.

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"The television part of the story is finished. If there’s more stories to tell, I’m there I just haven’t read it yet but it’s close apparently."

So hopefully we've not too much longer to wait.

Featured Image Credit: Andrew Fox /Kevin Britland / Alamy

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

Dominic Smithers
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