Peaky Blinders

Birmingham mural announces air date for final series of Peaky Blinders

Street artist Akse was commissioned by the BBC to paint a mural in the home of the eponymous gang that announced the previously secret broadcast date of 27 February.

The 12.71m high artwork depicts the leader of the Peaky Blinders, Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy. It took seven days to complete and can now be seen in full on the side of a building overlooking the Old Crown pub in Digbeth.

The series, created by Steven Knight, first aired on BBC Two in 2013. It follows the lives and exploits of the Shelby and his gang in the aftermath of the First World War.

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.

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.