The Dark Knight star Tom Hardy has joined the cast for the second series of period gangster drama Peaky Blinders and the BBC have released the first images of him with Cillian Murphy, who plays Peaky Blinders boss Tommy Shelby.

As the second series begins, we join the Birmingham gang as they attempt to build their operation during the 1920s. With Tommy Shelby determined to gain influence in London, the Peaky Blinders inevitably come up against other criminal gangs from the capital and – rumours has it – Tom Hardy’s character.

With this six-part series due to hit our screens later this year, we’ll find out soon enough.

If you’ve missed Tommy Shelby and the rest of the gang, check out the trailer for last year’s first series below…