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Steven Knight's This Town celebrates the midlands music scene

The new BBC One drama This Town opens with the streets of Birmingham ablaze with violence during the Handsworth riots of 1981, before the action moves to council estates.

But its creator, Steven Knight, wants to make it clear that his working-class tale is not bleak or tragic, but set in a vibrant world full of energy and promise. He even manages to make tower blocks and Spaghetti Junction look beautiful.

Cast announced for series two of SAS Rogue Heroes

WW2 soldiers sat in north African desert in full uniform

Written, created and produced by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight, SAS Rogue Heroes is the “mostly true” account of the unbelievable origins of the SAS, in the midst of the Second World War.

Series one saw David Stirling, played by Connor Swindells (Sex Education), seeking out the best and most reckless soldiers to push back the Nazis in a series of raids in North Africa.

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and Kudos team up for two new dramas

Stephen Knight stood smiling at Cillian Murphy

The creative partnership comes after the creation of Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, See) and Kudos’ BBC series SAS Rogue Heroes. The deal will give Kudos a first look at Knight’s UK based projects, and will utilise Knight’s Digbeth Loc. Studios in Birmingham, showing a firm commitment to increasing financial investment in skills and training in the West Midlands.

Disney+ announces knockout cast for boxing drama A Thousand Blows

Ding ding! Filming is underway for A Thousand Blows, the 12-part drama set in the gritty world of 1880s illegal boxing in the East End of London.

The series centres on two protagonists, Heziah, played by Malachi Kirby (Small Axe), and Alec, played by Francis Lovehall (His Dark Materials). The pair are thrust into the underground London boxing scene after arriving from Jamaica, and quickly find themselves fighting on all fronts in a punishing world of violence and lawlessness.

Downtown Abbey's Michelle Dockery to star in Steven Knight's new BBC drama This Town

Across six parts, This Town tells the story of an extended family and four young people who are drawn into the world of ska and two-tone music. The genre grew out of Coventry and Brimingham in the late 1970s and early 1980s, uniting the young people of the black, white and Asian communities.

The BBC has announced that Michelle Dockery of Downtown Abbey fame will star, alongside Nicholas Pinnock (Life) and David Dawson (The Last Kingdom).

BBC One releases first trailer and new pictures for SAS Rogue Heroes

Connor Swindells as David Stirling (credit: BBC)

Based on Ben Macintyre’s novel of the same name, the six-part series stars Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Jack O’Connell (The North Water), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Sofia Boutella (Climax), and Dominic West (The Pursuit Of Love).

SAS Rogue Heroes tells the story of how the SAS was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of WWII.

Disney+ calls on creator of Peaky Blinders for new illegal boxing drama A Thousand Blows

A Thousand Blows will see Knight, the writer who breathed new punk energy into the period piece with series like Peaky Blinders and Taboo, portray the perils of illegal boxing in the 1880s in Victorian London.

Across 12 parts, the thrilling series will follow Hezekiah and Alec, two best friends from Jamaica who are thrust into the melting pot of London’s East End post-industrial revolution.

First look images of Olivia Colman in Steven Knight's Great Expectations released

Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead as Pip (Credit: BBC)

The first look images for the BBC six-part limited series sees Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham with Fionn Whitehead as Pip and Shalom Brune-Franklin as Estella. 

Steven Knight will write and executive produce the series, which will also be executive produced by Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott. 

Great Expectations tells the coming of age story and education of an orphan named Pip who dreams of becoming a gentleman. 

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.

First-look and further casting revealed for Steven Knight’s SAS: Rogue Heroes

Alfie Allen, Connor Swindells and Jack O'Connell (credit: BBC)

Filmed on location in the UK and Morocco, the six-part series will tell a dramatised account of how the darkest days of World War Two lead to the formation of the SAS under extraordinary circumstances.

The series will star Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Jack O’Connell (The North Water), Alfie Allen (White House Farm), Sofia Boutella (Modern Love) and Dominic West (The Pursuit of Love). Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) will star as SAS founding member Mike Sadler.