Peaky Blinders is one of those shows that has accumulated a loyal, cult following, thanks to its hugely stylised, violent portrayal of early 20th century gangland life in industrial Birmingham and the stories of the mercurial, enigmatic characters who are trying lift themselves up out of the filth. We’ve covered it on and off here at The Killing Times – there has always been a debate about whether it’s purely a crime drama – but we recognise that people want to know about the show. And with series three finished filming and now in the post-production process, we heard some news yesterday that should get fans excited.
Multiple reports appeared across the internet yesterday suggested that series three will hit our screens on BBC2 in April.
The Independent said:
We won’t be getting the new episodes between now and March as they’re still being edited, but Independent.co.uk has learned that producers are working towards a potential April premiere.
Digital Spy, meanwhile, said:
Tommy’s explosive exploits are expected to resume sometime in the spring – possibly April – on BBC Two, with filming on the third series having begun in northern England on October 5, 2015.
Back in September, I attended the Radio Time TV festival, where, during one session, star Cillian Murphy and showrunner Steven Knight discussed the show (see my post here). When talking about series three, Knight said:
Nothing too much was given away about the trajectory or what’s coming up in series three (which starts filming on Monday week), but Knight did say that his initial question he wanted to answer was can you escape a place like the slums of Birmingham? Can Tommy Shelby, or someone like Tommy Shelby, rise up and become acceptable? And, in this series’ case, could Tommy Shelby ascend through the ranks and become Sir Thomas Shelby? He’s always seen the series ending in 1940, when the first air raid siren sounds across Birmingham. How long it’ll take to get there he didn’t know.
It all points to Tommy being pulled into, as The Independent said, “the glamorous and dangerous world of international intrigue in 1920s Britain, putting his entire organization and family at risk, and forcing him to question everything about his own ambitions and desires.”
So it’s all set up nicely, and if these reports are to be believed the new series will appear sooner rather than later. There’s a lot to look forward to, not least the addition of Paddy Considine joining Tom Hardy in the cast. With Murphy, Considine and Hardy the potential for overwhelming man-musk and terrifying amounts of testosterone are immense.
It should be noted that there has been no confirmation from the BBC just yet.