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Peaky Blinders Begins Filming For Sixth And Final Season

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Peaky Blinders Begins Filming For Sixth And Final Season

Tommy Shelby and co. are back in business because filming has started for the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders.

Like everything else in the world, production was put on hold back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Executive producer, Caryn Mandabach, confirmed the announcement and told fans: "Along with our wonderful, supportive, partners at BBC and Netflix, we have been working diligently to ensure we can get Peaky safely back into production; the safety of our cast and crew is always our priority.

"Thank you to all the Peaky fans who have been so unwaveringly supportive and patient. Series six marks the end of an epic story that has entranced audiences since it first started in 2013, but the world of Peaky Blinders will most definitely live on."

Tommy Bulfin, Executive Producer for the BBC, added: "We are very excited that filming for Peaky Blinders has begun and so grateful to everyone for all their hard work to make it happen. Steve's scripts for series six are truly remarkable and provide a fitting send-off which we are sure will delight fans."

Now we can confirm that the series is on it's merry way, it's worth reminding ourselves how the season 5 finale drew to a close.

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You may recall that Tommy's plan to bump off Oswald Mosley at a fascist rally didn't go all too smoothly, with the far-right politician surviving and Aberama Gold getting killed.

The season ended with Tommy yelling as he marched through a misty field holding a gun to his head, seemingly poised to pull the trigger.

Tommy did not end season five in a good place. Credit: BBC
Tommy did not end season five in a good place. Credit: BBC

So, where does season six begin? Well, from the very same place, it turns out.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, director Anthony Byrne said: "It picks up directly. So, the very first image you will see will be back in that field... Tommy, with a gun to his head.

"Then, we will move on from there, we resolve that amazing moment... it's great."

Of course, the safe money says he won't shoot himself, but Tommy's mental health has been deteriorating rapidly as the seasons have progressed, as he battles PTSD, grief, hallucinations and an unhealthy alcohol dependency.

Indeed, Cillian Murphy - who of course plays the troubled gangster - said it is 'exhausting' stepping into the shoes of the 'ruthless and relentless' character.

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Cillian Murphy said it is exhausting playing Tommy Shelby. Credit: BBC
Cillian Murphy said it is exhausting playing Tommy Shelby. Credit: BBC

Speaking to LADbible, he said: "It's an absolute gift, the character. I never anticipated having the opportunity to play the character for this length of time and to have the privilege of working on such great material, for people to have so much affection for the show, for it to have such reach, culturally and everything else.

"I love it. I mean, it's exhausting, but I would never moan about it because it's an actor's dream really.

"He's clearly a man who's suffered serious trauma and it's talked about, him being in the trenches in France in World War One, you know he was tunneler, which is the worst possible job you could have. Clearly he's never dealt with these things, clearly most of the men that were spat out of that conflict were now just told to get on with their lives.

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"So I think with Tommy it manifested itself with ruthless and relentless ambition, but I don't think he ever spent time trying to fix himself and I think the scars of that, the damage that has been inflicted on him by others and by himself is coming home to roost."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Peaky Blinders

Rebecca Shepherd
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