Peaky Blinders hits its third se­ries.

Cre­ator Steven Knight on the next se­ries and film plans for Peaky Blinders

Crime Scene - - CONTENTS - By AN­DRE PAINE

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?”

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