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Peaky Blinders Wins Best Drama At The National Television Awards

Peaky Blinders Wins Best Drama At The National Television Awards

Peaky Blinders has won the Best Drama award at the 25th National Television Awards at the O2 Arena in London.

The drama, which stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, and Paul Anderson as members of the Shelby crime family based out of Birmingham in the early part of the 20th century, finished up a successful fifth season last year and takes the NTA Best Drama gong for the second year running.

Here's a little reminder of what went on last time out.

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It was announced this weekend that the BBC show - which was odds on to win with the bookies before tonight's gala event - has started pre-production on the sixth season.

For those who didn't catch it, the last season saw Tommy Shelby (Murphy) facing potentially perhaps his most devious and dangerous enemy yet, the conniving far-right leader of the British Union of Fascists, played by Sam Claflin.

While Shelby - spoiler alert - was unable to kill Oswald Mosley as he'd planned - hell, you could have worked that out beforehand, given that the real Mosley died years later - the public were obviously impressed with what creator Steven Knight came up with.

The National Television Awards are the only awards show in the industry that is entirely based upon the public vote.

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Well, the public have spoken.

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The good news is that we're going to get more of the same from Tommy and the Shelby Company Limited.

It was just revealed the other day that they've already started production on the next series. Director Andrew Byrne shared a photograph of the production script for an episode that seems to be called 'Black Day' and wrote: "We are in pre-production on Season 6. More to come. By Order of..."

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Byrne actually played his role in the series that took home this evening's award, and had already signed on for this outing last August.

He told QG: "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."

Here we are, but what can we tell you about it all?

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A bit, actually. Byrne continued: "[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."

That's a lot to be looking forward to, but let's hope they can live up to the success of last year's award-winning efforts.

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Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]