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While we were all eating as much as physically possible over Christmas, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was keeping busy. On top of the fact he received a CBE in the Queen's New Years Honours list and recently adapted A Christmas Carol for the BBC, he's also confirmed that he's finished writing the scripts for the next season of the Birmingham-based drama.
In an interview with the BBC, Steven said: "I've just finished writing series six and it's the best yet, but we always say that."
Anthony Byrne will also return to the new series, making him the only director to do more than one season.
Back in August 2019, he told GQ: "I'm reading the scripts at the moment, which Steven is writing. I start properly on series six in early November. Then we start shooting early next year, is the plan."
Byrne also gave a bit away about the direction of the next series, saying: "[Tommy] has to play a long game. He has to show patience and calm, when other people want to react. He's battling his own instincts and behaviour.
"That is the most dangerous thing. He wants to just kill Mosley, but he knows he can't. He has to fight him in a different way. Mosley brings out the very worst in Tommy Shelby. I think that's where Steven Knight's writing is so sophisticated. In order to fight Mosley, Tommy winds up having to fight himself."
It doesn't look as if the popular Birmingham-based show is set to come to an end any time soon, with Steven Knight remaining extremely open minded about the future of the Shelbys.
Speaking to LADbible at the first Peaky Blinders Festival in Birmingham, he said: "I would [consider doing a film]. The end scene is the end of this as a television series the way it is now, but it's certainly not ruling out spin-offs or a movie.
"You know there's a Peaky Blinders ballet that is being performed today and it's brilliant, it's mind-blowing. So I think there's something about Peaky where it's a world, lots of people have different interpretations of that world, so I'm all for keeping the spirit going."
Back in September, he said he had written the first four episodes of season six and heaped praise on the show's star, Cillian Murphy, claiming the actor would make a 'fantastic Bond'.
Knight said: "We're so fortunate that he's played the role and you completely cannot conceive of anybody else playing Tommy Shelby."
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