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The release date for the sixth series of Peaky Blinders has finally been announced. Watch a video unveiling the much-anticipated news here:
The Shelbys will be returning to our screens one last time, with the final instalment delayed due to the pandemic.
The release date for the Birmingham-based crime drama has been teased on numerous occasions, with director Anthony Byrne sharing a teaser clip in November, captioning the post: "We're coming for you sooner than you think."
There's been plenty of speculation since about when exactly that might be, but at last, the BBC has confirmed that season six will kick off on Sunday 27 February. So make sure you've got that night clear in your diaries, folks.
Each episode will air weekly at 9pm.
The new series welcomes Stephen Graham to the cast, while Tom Hardy's character Alfie Solomons will be returning to the show.
A notable absentee though will be Helen McCrory, who tragically died of cancer last year aged 52.
She played matriarch Polly Gray and main man Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby) said it was 'really hard' making the show without her.
He told The Guardian: "She would have been in series six if the pandemic hadn’t put everything on hold.
"We were just five days away from shooting in March 2020 when the lockdown was announced. Helen was the heart of that show and it was hard to make it without her. Really hard.
"There was this huge absence on the set. We all felt it. She died while we were shooting.
"She was too young. You can't help but think of all the amazing roles she would have had."
He added that she is still 'very present' in the final series.
He told Empire: "It's a huge loss; it's hard to comprehend it. Because she was the matriarch of the whole thing. As the character, but just also as her personality.
"But she's still present in series six. Steve [creator Steven Knight] has managed to keep her very, very present, which I think is a brilliant tribute to Steve and also to Helen."
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