Steven Knight has confirmed Peaky Blinders will explore World War Two ‘and beyond’.
The BBC period drama’s creator has always envisaged the show ending with the first air-raid sirens ringing out over Birmingham to mark the beginning of the war.
However, he’s now changed his mind and admitted he now sees the next series – which will be the end of Tommy Shelby’s story on the small screen – as ‘the end of the beginning’, with the story set to continue as a feature film.
He told Empire: ‘It was always Britain between the wars – how the lesson from one war was not learned and was repeated.
‘It’s also the end of empire: we enter the Second World War and by the end of it, there is no empire, really. But I… have revised the scope of what it is.
‘It will now go into and beyond the Second World War. 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 this can progress beyond that..’
Whereas fans may have expected season six to be the beginning of the end for the story, Knight sees it differently.
He added: ‘I think of this sixth series as the end of the beginning.’
Despite having his own idea about the story’s conclusion, the writer has made sure to stay fluid when it comes to putting pen to paper.
He explained: ‘I don’t know what’s gonna happen until I get to writing. The way I tend to work is not to plan, and I think if I did plan, I wouldn’t be able to do it.
‘Just sit at the keyboard and if you know the characters well enough, let ‘em loose and see what they say to each other. Let the dialogue guide the plot.’
The season six release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Knight recently teased the possibility of a February launch for the ‘gothic’ series.
Peaky Blinders is returning to BBC One this year.
Credit: Original article published here.