BBC Two is returning to 1920s Birmingham. The channel has renewed their period drama series Peaky Blinders for a second season of six episodes. Production on the show’s second season is slated to commence in early 2014.
Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in 1919 and follows the extended Shelby criminal family whose many brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles make up the fiercest gang of post-war Birmingham: the ‘Peaky Blinders. The drama series is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions and stars Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Sam Neill (The Tudors), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter), Annabelle Wallis (Snow White And The Huntsman), Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) and Charlie Creed-Miles (Nil By Mouth).
The renewal comes following Peaky Blinders‘ strong ratings performance. Across its six episode first season, Peaky Blinders averaged 2.4 million viewers and a 9.6% share. Word also has it that a deal is close to being struck with a US network to broadcast the series in the United States. The show’s second season will see the Shelby family expand their empire South and North while maintaining their stronghold in their Birmingham heartland. Tommy’s attempts to make the business legitimate will be undermined by sinister forces, and his ascent into the decadent high society of ‘20’s England will be helped by his gangster credentials.
“I am so pleased we will be able to continue to tell this story of a working class family living through extraordinary times in an extraordinary way”, said creator and writer Steven Knight. “The ‘Peaky Blinders’ will march on to many surprising places and fight astonishing battles as the 1920s begin to roar.”
BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow said: “With a fantastic cast and epic story-telling, Peaky Blinders was an utterly compelling addition to the BBC Two schedule and I’m delighted we’ll be paying another visit to the Shelby family next year.”.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: “I am delighted to add a third returning series to the slate on BBC Two following Line of Duty and The Fall. It’s a fantastically distinctive mix and highlights the success of BBC Two’s new drama strategy”
While Will Gould, Head of Drama for Tiger Aspect, added; “Shows like this don’t come around very often. Steve’s powerful, unique scripts combined with knock out performances from Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCRory and the rest of the cast kept the audience gripped. Me included. Tiger can’t wait to join up with Caryn Mandabach again to take this saga to the next level”