In case you’ve been living in a sooty hole for eight years, the story follows a crime family operating in Birmingham after the First World War. In season five, the patriarch Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) ascended as an MP – climbing through the ranks and corruption of Parliament.
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In various publications, Knight has succinctly described the story’s arc as proceeding between the world wars and ending ‘with the first air-raid siren in Birmingham in 1939’. Considering season five is set in 1929, there could be a massive time lapse involved in season six. Knight has already built the foundations of fascism in Britain with the introduction of Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley, who would become leader of the British Union of Fascists in 1932.
If Knight is indeed planning to move through the 30s, that would obviously include Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. Considering this period of time mirrors some of our current reality, this could prove a fascinating finale.
Knight has also confirmed that, despite the story ending with season six, the world of Peaky Blinders will continue into a movie. He confirmed in Deadline that 'Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie. That is what is going to happen.' But what's the world without the premise? Is it a character spin-off? We'll have to wait and see, by order of the Peaky Blinders.
All five seasons of Peaky Blinders are available on BBC iPlayer and Netflix
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