Cillian Murphy has said he couldn’t turn down a move to the small screen in new series Peaky Blinders.

The Dark Knight Rises actor made the move to TV for BBC Two’s upcoming historical drama about 1920s gangland Birmingham, where he plays gangster Tommy Shelby.

Explaining what tempted him to TV, Cillian said: “It was just simply the quality of the writing, it was really, really good writing and I just wanted to be involved. It was that simple.

“I think we have never really mythologised our gangsters like they have done in the States so this is a first, and I think they have done it very successfully.”

Cillian, 37, added that the soundtrack which comes from Jack White and Nick Cave had given the series a more up-to-date feel.

He said: “I love all the artists they use. They have kind of got that outlaw quality to them. I’ve always loved gangster shows.”

Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle, Paul Anderson, Annabelle Wallis and Charlie Creed-Miles also star in Peaky Blinders, which premieres on September 12.