Peaky Blinders hits its third series.
Creator Steven Knight on the next series and film plans for Peaky Blinders
As Series 3 of Peaky Blinders concludes, the cast and creator have been discussing the future of the Brummie gangster drama. “I want to do the General Strike next, I want to go into 1926,” showrunner Steven Knight tells Crime Scene. “It was an interesting time – a lot of people believed the coming of communism was inevitable.”
Knight says his ultimate ambition is to end 15 years on from Series 3, during the first air-raid siren of World War II. “I just like the idea of that siren going off,” says Knight. “I’m going to have to start doing bigger jumps [ in time].”
As well as planning Series 4, the TV and film scriptwriter says he’s interested in a Peaky Blinders movie. “We are thinking about it,” Knight tells Crime Scene. “I’ve never understood why people wait until a series is unpopular before they make a film. My day job is film, so I would love to translate this into a film.”
For Series 3, Cillian Murphy also got involved behind the camera as an exec-producer, in addition to the lead role of Tommy Shelby. “It’s an incredibly exhausting character to play because he never seems to sleep or eat,” says Murphy. “He’s so resourceful, dynamic and clever – all the things I wish I was. It’s a real gift for any actor to be given a part like this.”
Peaky Blinders Series 3 is on www.bbcstore.com and the DVD is out on 13 June.
“WHY DO PEOPLE WAIT UNTIL A SERIES IS UNPOPULAR BEFORE THEY MAKE A FILM?”