Hit period gangland drama Peaky Blinders has been commissioned for a fourth and fifth series by the BBC.
The series which stars Cillian Murphy as the head of a crime family in 1920s Birmingham returned earlier in May with a consolidated audience of three million viewers on BBC2.
Peaky Blinders executive producer Caryn Mandabach said: “It’s a fantastic vote of confidence in the show and Steven Knight’s writing that the BBC has ordered two more series following the first episode overnight figures. We’re both proud of, and grateful for, the BBC’s continued support of the show.”
Creator Steven Knight confirmed he would write all episodes for the new series and added: “I am genuinely thrilled at the response to the third series of the show. The prospect of writing series four and five is truly exciting. This is a real passion project for me and I look forward to telling more stories of the Shelby family.”
Cillian Murphy, who plays the central anti-hero, said: “Tommy Shelby is one of the most intense, challenging characters I’ve had the opportunity to play. I’m particularly grateful that Steven’s original, dynamic writing and the long form series allow me to explore Tommy in depth. I very much look forward to Tommy’s evolution over the next two chapters.”
Principal photography of series four will commence in 2017.
The current series of Peaky Blinders continues on Thursdays and concludes on June 9th.