BBC Two is adding to the cast of Peaky Blinders. Paddy Considine (Pride), Dina Korzun (Last Resort) and Jan Bijvoet (Cordon) have joined the 1930s-set gangster drama for its upcoming six episode third season, TVWise has learned. Production on the new season gets underway tomorrow for a 2016 premiere.
Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in the late 1910s/early 1920s 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. In season three, Tommy Shelby pulled into the glamorous and dangerous world of international intrigue, putting his entire organisation and family at risk.
Paddy Considine joins the cast as the representative of a force beyond anything Shelby has previously encountered; while Dina Korzun and Jan Bijvoet (Cordon) play refugees from a foreign conflict who desperately need Tommy Shelby’s help. They join a returning cast which includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Joe Cole and Finn Cole.
“I am genuinely thrilled at the prospect of season three. I think it will be the best yet. Lots of things familiar but lots of things are new”, said series creator Steven Knight, who also confirmed that the season premiere will open on Tommy Shelby’s wedding day. “It’s still a Birmingham story and it always will be. Now, it has international consequences. I can’t wait to see it myself.”
Cordon helmer Tim Mielants has come on-board to direct every single episode of the show’s third season. Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions are producing, with Steven Knight, Caryn Mandabach, Will Gould, Jamie Glazebrook, Frith Tiplady, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Read are serving as the executive producers. Endemol Shine International is handling global distribution for the show. Netflix continues to hold rights to Peaky Blinders in the United States.