‘Peaky Blinders’ to return in ‘early 2022’

Cillian Murphy stars as Tommy Shelby in 'Peaky Blinders' (Image credit: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions)

BBC One’s period crime drama Peaky Blinders will return to the channel in ‘early 2022’, according to a new promo clip posted on Instagram by series director Anthony Byrne.

Season five of the hugely popular drama about the Shelby crime gang, ‘the ‘Peaky Blinders’, in Birmingham between the wars last screened in 2019 and fans have been desperate for the next instalment, despite creator Seven Knight warning them that season six plus a feature film will be the ultimate conclusion of the saga.

Byrne posted the short teaser with the comment: “We’re coming for you sooner than you think. By order of…”

Earlier in November, Byrne also teased Peaky Blinders fans with another post on Instragram: “We just finished cutting the final episode of Peaky… Still a lot more to do, but spending the last months with this talented **** has been a great pleasure. He’s a great friend and collaborator and I couldn’t do what I do without him @pdknight.”

When last seen, charismatic crime lord Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) was plotting to assassinate the real-life fascist Oswald Moseley and his associate Jimmy McCavern, leader of the Billy Boys gang, but the plan backfired and the knowledge that he was betrayed was the last straw for Tommy.

The last scene in the finale featured Tommy running into a field screaming, pointing a gun at his head and screaming, apparently ready to reunite with his late wife, Grace. But would he really kill himself? Of course not.

It’s not clear how Peaky Blinders season six will wrap up the Shelby story or even who the chief villain will be but chronologically it’s approaching the start of World War II and Knight has previously said the saga will definitely finish with the sound of first air raid siren in Birmingham.

Tragically the series won’t feature Shelby’s aunt Polly – actress Helen McCrory, who played her, died in April.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.