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Peaky Blinders will 'continue in another form' after the sixth and final series.
It was announced yesterday (Monday 18 January) that production is underway and this will be the last season of the hit period crime drama - but writer and creator Steven Knight reassured fans the Shelbys won't be gone forever.
In a statement, he said: "Peaky is back and with a bang.
"After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.
"We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form."
What exactly this 'form' will be remains to be seen, though Knight has previously said he is up for doing a film or spin-off.
Knight told Digital Spy in 2018 that he planned for the show to have seven seasons - with the series coming to an end as World War Two begins.
Why they're making one season fewer than originally planned and whether this will see the storyline abridged or changed completely is unclear.
Speaking to LADbible at the Peaky Blinders Festival in Birmingham in 2019, Knight 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."
Anthony Byrne - who directed season five and will stay on as director for season six - has also previously said it '100 percent could work' as a film.
He told LADbible: "I think a film 100 percent could work, but I'd rather watch six hours than two. Simple as that.
"You can go deeper into characters and spend more time in their world I think."
The Shelbys are back in business. Series 6 of #PeakyBlinders has begun filming. Find out more: https://t.co/LLPzSrbhHt
Photo taken by director Anthony Byrne during filming of series 5. pic.twitter.com/1gOToza7fM
- Peaky Blinders (@ThePeakyBlinder) January 18, 2021
When exactly we get to watch the final season remains unclear, but an immense effort is being made to crack on with the show under trying circumstances.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach said: "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."
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