Peaky Blinders will now ‘go into World War II’, confirms Steven Knight – Exclusive | TV series

For years, Peaky Blinders Creator Steven Knight has been open about how he thought his Brummie gangster drama would end: with the first air raid sirens over Birmingham heralding the start of World War II, after exploring the devastating effects of World War I on its characters across the show. But while the hit BBC drama is getting ready for its final series on the small screen, Knight says empire that those plans have changed. Series 6 will bring Tommy Shelby’s TV adventure to an end, but the story will continue on the big screen – and as there is so much momentum with the show’s popularity, it will run on through another global conflict.

“It was always Britain between the wars – how the lesson of a war was not learned and repeated,” says Knight empire of his original conception of the full narrative of the show. “It’s also the end of the empire: we’re entering World War II, and by the end of it there’s really no empire. But I … have revised the scope of what it is. It will now enter into and beyond World War II. Because I just think the energy that is out there in the world for this, I want to keep it going, and I want to see how it can evolve beyond that. ” Series 6 is thus far from the end of Peaky Blinders. “I think of this sixth series as the end of the beginning,” Knight says.

Although Knight has long had an idea of ​​where this story might end, his writing process has always been fluid. “I do not know what will happen until I start writing,” he explains. “The way I usually work is not to plan, and I think if I planned, I would not be able to do that. Just sit at the keyboard and if you know the characters well enough “Let them go and see what they say to each other. Let the dialogue control the plot.” How exactly Peaky will deal with World War II remains a mystery – even for the man who makes it. Still, if the recent announcement of the upcoming prequel ballet Peaky Blinders: The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby is something to go by, no idea will be off the table.

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Read empirethe entire interview – where he talks with Knight and his lead husband Cillian Murphy about series 6, the series’ growing popularity, its approach to contemporary needle falls, Helen McCrory’s passing and much more – in The Godfather 50th anniversary issue, on sale Thursday, January 20th. Pre-order a copy online here. Peaky Blinders will return to the BBC soon.

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