Peaky Blinders season 6 release date: Cast, trailer, plot and latest news

When will we next see Cillian Murphy as Birmingham's most notorious flat-cap-wearing gangster Tommy Shelby?

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders

It’s official, the Peaky Blinders are coming back in “early 2022”, as confirmed by a tweet on the show’s account.

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The sixth season, which is set to be Peaky Blinders’ last, will be followed by a big-screen movie that will mark the conclusion of the gangster saga.

But before we get to see the Shelbys on the big screen, Cillian Murphy’s Tommy will face real-life fascist Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley one last time, with the upcoming episodes already cut.

“We just finished cutting the final episode of Peaky…” director Anthony Byrne wrote on Instagram in mid-November, accompanied by a picture of him alongside editor Paul Knight.

“Still a lot more to do, but spending the last months with this talented f**k has been a great pleasure. He’s a great friend and collaborator and I couldn’t do what I do without him @pdknight.”

The pair have made good work of the footage, considering filming wrapped in June 2021 as announced on the show’s official Twitter account, which also teased the sixth season would be “epic”.

And though we don’t know a lot of what will happen, we do know the season is returning with a “bang”. Creator Steven Knight said in a recent statement: “Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the COVID pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.

“We believe this will be the best season of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV season will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form. [a movie]”

As well as returning cast members Murphy, Claflin and Aimee-Ffion Edward’s Esme, a few high-profile names will join the series for its final season, including Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham. Graham played gangster Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire, with many fans speculating that he would be reprising that role for Peaky Blinders.

The Time actor said he had to “pinch” himself while rehearsing alongside lead actor Murphy during a chat with Chris Moyles on Radio X.

“There was a couple of moments – I had to pinch myself a couple of times because I was sat there in a scene with him, doing a rehearsal and stuff and I’ve kinda gone, ‘Ahh that’s Tommy Shelby!’,” he said.

Despite Tommy’s story coming to an end in the upcoming season and movie, there could be future stories about the Shelby family in the works.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, Knight teased future spin-offs that would work without the flap cap-wearing anti-hero.

“In the form it is in, it is absolutely impossible for this to work without Cillian,” he said, but added: “Who knows? There may be worlds that are part of the Peaky world that are about someone else.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming sixth season of Peaky Blinders, including new character rumours and storyline teasers – and what we know about the movie.

Peaky Blinders season 6 release date: When is it out?

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The season will air on the BBC in early 2022, according to a tweet shared on the show’s official account in November 2021, so fans won’t have to wait too long now to see Tommy Shelby and co back on our screens.

It has been a long wait for new episodes with season five coming to a close in the latter half of 2019.

The likelihood is that the sixth season will later be made available to stream on Netflix, alongside the past five seasons.

Filming for Peaky Blinders season six was officially wrapped as of June 2021, and cutting on the final episode finished in mid-November 2021.

Filming previously got under way at the start of 2021, with The Bolton News reporting in April that various lead stars had been spotted filming at the picturesque Le Mans Crescent in Bolton.

Emmett J Scanlan (Billy Grade) also shared a black-and-white preview of the Peaky Blinders set in April 2021.

The new episodes were written and had previously gone into pre-production prior to the coronavirus pandemic taking hold, but filming had to be postponed in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

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BBC One aired a teaser TV spot for Peaky Blinders’ return in early 2022 that saw Tommy Shelby have a confrontation with Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons.

Tommy tells Alfie: “I think I may have written your final act.”

The clip was captured by fan accounts on Twitter.

You can catch the video in the tweet above.

There’s no sign of a full-length trailer for the final series just yet – but the Peaky Blinders Twitter account did share a behind-the-scenes image of Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in March 2021, which you can check out here.

Peaky Blinders cast for season 6

Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy talk about Peaky Blinders on BBC One
Cillian Murphy and creator Steven Knight on the set of Peaky Blinders

On 16th April 2021, the tragic news broke that Helen McCrory, who’d played Polly Gray in the first five seasons, had died following a cancer diagnosis.

It is currently unclear if McCrory was able to take part in filming for the final season or to what degree Polly will feature in the new episodes. RadioTimes.com has reached out to the BBC for comment.

Co-star Cillian Murphy has recently said that McCrory was his “closest colleague on Peaky”, and that he was “in awe” of the way the actress lived her life.

“She was my closest colleague on Peaky, and one of the finest actors I’ve ever worked opposite. Any material, any scene… she made it special. She could do power and vulnerability, one after the other. She was just so cool and fun, and had such compassion for everyone she met. I was kind of in awe about how she lived her life – the way she balanced her work and her family so beautifully,” he told The Guardian.

Benjamin Zephaniah, who plays a street preacher in the series, posted on Twitter about how “difficult” he had found filming Peaky Blinders without Helen McCrory, although this doesn’t necessarily mean she won’t appear at all in the season.

Cillian Murphy will return in the role of Tommy Shelby, for which he has received widespread critical acclaim while Sam Claflin will definitely reappear as fascist politician Oswald Mosley, though after the chaos of the season finale, his relationship with Tommy will have changed significantly.

The show’s other main cast members are also likely to return, including Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby), Harry Kirton (Finn Shelby) and Sophie Rundle (Ada Thorne).

The scripts for season six are “amazing”, according to new cast addition Conrad Khan. He told NME that appearing in the series was a “dream come true,” although his character is so far a bit of a mystery.

There’s also the promise of a brand new female character, according to director Anthony Byrne: “There’s a great female character who is new, who is pretty dark. I haven’t seen a character like her in Peaky before.

“I won’t say who she is,” he told Digital Spy. “But she certainly gives Tommy a run for his money. She challenges him in a different way basically. She’s certainly not a protagonist and I don’t know if she’s an antagonist.”

“It’s similar to [Oswald] Mosley… she has a similar ideology, and that’s challenging for any character, like I’ve said before… he or she, they don’t have guns or a gang, but they have an ideology that’s like a virus and it’s more dangerous than anything.”

Meanwhile, fans spotted Line of Duty star Stephen Graham on the Peaky Blinders set, and it’s rumoured that he’ll reprise his Boardwalk Empire role of Al Capone.

His appearance almost didn’t happen, however. Last year Graham told Pound for Pound podcast that he had originally been set to start filming, but the pandemic had delayed his role “indefinitely”.

“I was supposed to be starting Peaky Blinders but that has been put on hold indefinitely. My agent spent a lot of time putting that together,” he said.

Although Tommy’s first wife Grace was murdered during season three, we saw her return in season five to haunt her former husband and she even appeared in the season finale, with Tommy talking to her as he held a gun to his head. Annabelle Wallis, who plays Grace, hinted on Twitter that she may return for season six, writing that Grace “has some unfinished business”.

In addition, we might expect to see Tommy’s second wife Lizzie Shelby (Natasha O’Keeffe), even though she wasn’t his biggest fan at the end of season five. Ned Dennehy (Uncle Charlie), Ian Peck (Curly), Packy Lee (Johnny Dogs) and Benjamin Zephaniah (street preacher Jeremiah Jesus) also seem likely to return in season six.

But has Arthur’s wife Linda Shelby (Kate Phillips) gone for good? And has Gina Gray (Anya Taylor-Joy) persuaded Michael Gray (Finn Cole) to strike out on his own?

Likewise, season six will also see the return of Tommy’s sister-in-law Esme Shelby (played by Aimee-Ffion Edwards), whose husband John Shelby (Joe Cole) was killed. Edwards was spotted filming scenes for the new season (via The Independent).

As for who will not be back, Charlie Murphy is not returning as real-life Communist Jessie Eden, with the actress having confirmed that season five was the end of the line for her character.

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The reappearance of Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) also raises the possibility of a comeback for his character in season six, possibly depending on Hardy’s availability as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand talents.

Is Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders season 6?

A few details have been released about season six, including the promise of picking up exactly where season five left off with its cliffhanger ending: with Tommy Shelby pointing a gun at his own head.

However, it seems (from what we do know about the season) that Tommy survives and goes on to challenge Oswald Mosley one last time, meaning that, yes, Tommy Shelby will definitely be in the series.

“It picks up directly,” director Anthony Byrne told Digital Spy. “So, the very first image you will see will be back in that field… Tommy, with a gun to his head. Then, we will move on from there, we resolve that amazing moment… it’s great.”

What’s more, we’ve now seen Cillian Murphy in costume as Tommy Shelby on the set of Peaky Blinders season six.

What will happen in Peaky Blinders season 6?

The series five finale certainly left us with many questions. Chief among them is what will Tommy Shelby do next? Is this the end of his campaign to bring Oswald Mosley down from the inside? What will be the fallout? Will Tommy stand openly against the fascist leader?

Will Finn take responsibility for leaking details of the plan to assassinate Oswald Mosley? What will happen to Billy Grade (Emmett J Scanlan)? What will Arthur do now he’s lost Linda? Is Polly really finished with Shelby Company Ltd, and how will she react to the death of her fiancé Aberama Gold?

We do know that the Peaky Blinders set has had a revamp after Byrne revealed the Garrison pub has been redesigned with a new black and gold colour scheme – the significance of which will apparently become clear. We do like the new look we have to say!

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How many episodes of Peaky Blinders season 6 will there be?

Every other past season of Peaky Blinders has had six episodes, so it may well be that this final season will follow the same pattern.

However, there is a chance we could see a couple of those episodes run for longer than normal, with director Anthony Byrne telling Digital Spy longer first and last episodes are being considered – and we are all for it, particularly when it comes to the series finale!

As for what the episode titles will be, all we know so far is that season six episode one is called ‘Black Day’.

Will Peaky Blinders season 6 have any celebrity cameos?

Well, there’s no shortage of famous faces who seem keen to play a part with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Samuel L Jackson outing themselves as a Peaky Blinders fan. That said, we suspect that the pandemic may scupper any plans to have a huge international face fly over for a cameo – and with so much left to resolve in the final series, it’s unlikely there’d be time for these roles to be more substantial than a brief appearance.

Is season 6 the last series of Peaky Blinders?

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Yes, season six is the final Peaky Blinders season, as confirmed by writer Steven Knight in January 2021 as filming got underway. Fans previously expected a sixth and seventh series of Peaky Blinders – as previously suggested by Knight after the programme won a BAFTA for Best Drama Series.

However, Knight previously raised the idea of a World War Two spin-off series, and the long-rumoured Peaky Blinders feature film is now confirmed to be happening and will likely serve as the conclusion to this iteration of the story – unless more movies are being considered afterwards.

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