Peaky Blinders is getting a promotion. The period drama from Steven Knight is relocating from its long-time home on BBC Two and moving to BBC One for its upcoming fifth season. The announcement was made today by the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
Given the ratings performance of Peaky Blinders the decision was perhaps inevitable. The audience for the show has grown from 2.4 million in season one the 3.3 million in season four. Additionally, season four ranked as BBC Two’s top rated drama in 2017. It joins fellow BBC Two drama Line Of Duty in relocating to the flagship channel.
Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in the 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. The drama series is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions & Tiger Aspect Productions and stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Adrien Brody. Joe Cole, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Kate Phillips, Charlotte Riley, Natasha O’Keefe, Packy Lee and Tom Hardy.
“Peaky Blinders is world class drama at the top of its game and the time has arrived for it to move to the UK’s biggest channel. Steven Knight’s epic storytelling is authentic and utterly compelling and I want to give it the chance to be enjoyed by an even broader audience on BBC One”, said Charlotte Moore. “We couldn’t have asked for a better response to series four and the impact it had with young audiences. This move will also give BBC Two more creative headroom to experiment with new drama.”
“I am thrilled that our precious Peaky Blinders is moving to BBC One”, commented series creator and executive producer Steven Knight. “Peaky is a show nurtured and grown by the audience who have found us through word of mouth. Hopefully this move will help us reach even more people.”
While fellow executive producer Caryn Mandabach, added: “Peaky Blinders has touched the minds and hearts of everyone who’s watched it and we are honoured to bring a whole new audience with us as we move our merry gang to BBC One for the next series.”