Peaky Blinders series 5 first details have landed

We still have to wait until 2019 for Peaky Blinders series five, but at least we now know a bit more about it.

Deadline reports that Anthony Byrne will direct series five and given the show’s history, it’s likely he’ll be responsible for all six episodes, like David Caffrey, Tim Mielants and Colm McCarthy have for the previous three series.

The first series was shared between Otto Bathurst and Tom Harper, but shared directors haven’t been used since and we can’t imagine it changing when it’s proven so successful.

Byrne previously directed three-part ITV drama Butterfly starring Anna Friel, which is expected to air later this year, and he also directed and co-wrote upcoming thriller In Darkness with Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer.

Creator Steven Knight has previously hinted that series five might mark the end of the Shelby saga, yet it’s not clear if that’s still the case.

“Each time, we do six episodes [per series]… and can you sum up the story in six episodes? Or do you need another six? That’s the question. If it doesn’t need a season six, I don’t think there’ll be one. But it may need one, because [six episodes is] such a short period of time,” Paul Anderson told Digital Spy.

He also teased how the series four finale, which saw Tommy become a politician, will affect the show going forward. “One thing’s for sure – Arthur ain’t gonna be no politician! And I very much doubt Tommy will be, really,” he joked.

Peaky Blinders returns to BBC Two in 2019.

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