So it’s safe to say Peaky Blinders has come back to our screens with a Brummie bang.
Fans are once again delighting in all the usual escapades following the premiere of the latest series last week.
They’re also noticing something pretty cool, regardless of whether you’re a huge fan or not.
Finn Cole, who plays Michael Gray in the BBC show, isn’t the only Cole donning a flatcap – his brother Joe Cole (not the footballer), plays John Shelby.
They previously starred together in the film Offender – Joe played the lead in the thriller, set inside a juvenile prison, while brother Finn landed a much smaller role.
Writer and producer, Jonathan Lisco, said, according to IMDb:
While casting J, I wasn’t looking at credits. We were looking for someone who could move us or break our hearts, or have some kind of riveting effect.
When I saw his tape, I didn’t know that he was in Peaky Blinders. He has an inscrutable quality but doesn’t come off merely as a cipher.
J has a lot going on behind his eyes, but you didn’t feel like he’s thoroughly innocent. He’s not some pure kid.
Speaking to Deadline about the upcoming series, Cillian Murphy said:
Tommy is trying to convince himself it’s okay. He’s trying to live with it and what happened to the rest of them.
He’s not the sort of character who’s going to go to therapy… It’s an interesting place to find him completely estranged; family was his raison d’etre.
These circumstances and the threat from outside mean the family has to regroup again and become good at what they were good at in series one.
Obviously all the characters are older and all this water’s gone under the bridge, but I see a lot of parallels to series one and I think I do see as Tommy gets older in terms of his legacy and values and principals, if they were sort of atrophied within him, you can see them sort of beginning to stir.
With suggestions the show will end after series five, creator Steve Knight is now looking at ways of where to take the story after the television programme has finished.
We are also keeping our minds open as regards to a movie and we are making progress on the musical.
Peaky is now a beast that will not die.
Although these ideas are exciting, Knight needs the backing of his actors and luckily for him Murphy admits he’d be up for making a film.
Listen, you know Steve has so many ideas, he’s so inventive, I wouldn’t be surprised. For me, I’ve always said as long as the writing stays as good as it is, I’m around.
In theory, yeah absolutely if the writing is as good as it is for the show then for sure. But the musical? That’s not for me, I’m going to pass on that one.
Let’s hope this happens.