Peaky Blinders

BBC One releases Peaky Blinders series six trailer: “One last deal to be done”

Released on New Year’s Day, the trailer sees Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) tease “one last deal to be done, then we Peaky Blinders rest.”

There is also footage of acquaintances new and old, including Stephen Graham’s new character clashing with the Shelby brothers, and Tom Hardy’s return as Alfie in the series.

Also returning are Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Finn Cole as Michael Gray, Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray and Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby, among others.

Filming begins for sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders

It has also been confirmed that the series will be the drama’s last, although creator and writer, Steven Knight, has hinted at a spin-off: “While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.”

The story of Tommy Shelby and his notorious family’s rise to power in post-First World War Birmingham has grown to become an international phenomenon since it first aired in 2013.

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The genealogy documentary series returns, with Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) tracing her Yorkshire family tree in this opening episode.

First look at Sky original Gangs of London

Creator Gareth Evans (of The Raid franchise) will bring his trademark cinematic action to the small screen in this gang feud saga set in modern, multicultural London.

The series features Joe Cole of Peaky Blinders, trading in his Shelby colours for those of the Wallace family. As Sean Wallace, he takes over the reins of the most powerful crime family in London after patriarch Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) is killed by an unknown assassin.

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight discusses upcoming project A Christmas Carol in drama masterclass

Steven Knight (right) (Credit: Teresa Bogan)

The early December event – organised by BBC Birmingham in partnership with RTS Midlands – celebrated the writer’s latest project, a three-part adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a highlight of BBC One’s festive schedule.

The Dickens classic has been adapted countless times, which is why Knight said he undertook a detailed study of the original text in search of a fresh take on a familiar story.

Our friend in the Midlands: Caren Davies on the ambition and heart of Birmingham

Caren Davies (Credit: RTS Midlands)

Over recent weeks, many column inches have been written concerning the success of the Birmingham-inspired TV series Peaky Blinders.

Its move from BBC Two to BBC One has been seamless. More people watch it in the Midlands than anywhere else in the country.

Peakys has undoubtedly put Birmingham firmly back on the national and global map, but the city’s reputation struggles to shake off some outdated prejudices.

Steven Knight on his childhood glimpse at the Peaky Blinders world to working with Brad Pitt

Steven Knight (Credit: Tiger Aspect)

The screenwriter about to become a studio mogul; the boardgame inventor whose next drama will launch Apple’s foray into television; the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? creator nominated for an Oscar – there are many ways to paraphrase the extraordinary career of Steven Knight. Let’s start, however, with the blacksmith’s son who launched a million haircuts.