Peaky Blinders series 6 – is it the final series? What happens? Who is in the cast? When is it on TV? All you need to know

As the gangster family epic reaches its explosive last episodes, we look ahead to what will become of the Shelbys and who will star in series 6.

By Katie Archer Published: 1 April 2021 - 3.54pm
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It’s been one of BBC’s biggest drama hits, enthralling fans from across the world in the violent, messy lives of the Shelby clan.

Now, Peaky Blinders has reached its conclusion with the final series almost ready to go after coronavirus filming delays.

Here’s all you need to know about where the story is headed, who will join Cillian Murphy in the cast, and what the future holds for the Peaky Blinders.

When is Peaky Blinders series 6 on TV?

So far, there’s still no release date for series 6, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last time we met the Peaky Blinders was at the end of series five, which aired on BBC One in September 2019.

Filming had to be put off in 2020 because of restrictions, but it was confirmed that the new series had begun shooting in January 2021 and the programme is expect to be on our screens later this year.

What happens in the final series?

Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy BBC

If there’s one thing we can be sure of with Peaky Blinders, it’s that the last series will go out with a bang.

This will be the final full series of the show, but expect it to be as relentlessly gritty as ever.

Show creator Steven Knight said: “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 series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it.”

We know that the opening episode will pick up where series five left us, with Tommy Shelby holding a gun to his own head.

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

For the second series running, fascist leader Oswald Mosley will also feature, although it remains to be seen whether Tommy will still be trying to tackle the party from the inside or will come out as hostile to Mosley.

Peaky Blinders Sam Claflin BBC

A recent promo shot from this year’s filming showed Tommy in Berlin, in a red-lit warehouse-style space.

Mosley was a known friend of Hitler and even had his second wedding, to Diana Mitford, at Joseph Goebbels’ home with Hitler as guest of honour, so it’s possible that Tommy could follow him to Germany this series.

Byrne has revealed that there will be a “pretty dark” new female character unlike anything Peaky Blinders has seen before, and added that she has “an ideology that’s like a virus and it’s more dangerous than anything”.

Things could also get ugly among the Shelbys as we wait to see whether Finn will own up to leaking details of the Mosley assassination plan, and Aunt Polly has left Shelby Company Ltd.

Meanwhile, it looks like Tommy’s first wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis) could make yet another return – she was killed off in series three, but that hasn’t stopped her reappearing in visions to Tommy. Wallis recently tweeted that her character “has some unfinished business”.

So far, much of the plot is being kept under wraps which is great news for fans, who’ll be looking forward to some final twists and turns.

Who is in the cast?

Of course, main character Tommy Shelby, who is played by Cillian Murphy, will be back leading the series and has appeared in a number of promo and behind-the-scenes shots already.

Also joining him for their final run will be key members of the Shelby clan including Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory), Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson), Finn Shelby (Harry Kirton) and Ada Thorne (Sophie Rundle).

Series five saw  the introduction of fascist leader Oswald Mosley, played by Sam Claflin, and we know that he will also be a key part of the series six storyline.

Peaky Blinders Amber Anderson BBC

Also look out for possible returns from big names including The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray, and Hollywood actor Tom Hardy who we could see reprise his role as Alfie Solomons.

Annabelle Wallis has hinted that she may be back in ghost form as Tommy’s first wife Grace who was murdered a few series back, and there’s also a good chance his second wife Lizzie (Natasha O’Keeffe) could be back on screen.

New additions to the cast include Bafta Rising Star nominee Conrad Khan, Australian actor James Frecheville, and Black Mirror’s Amber Anderson.

Peaky Blinders James Frecheville BBC

None of their characters have been revealed yet, but it’s possible that Anderson could be playing the dangerous mystery woman Byrne mentioned.

Peaky Blinders often includes big-name guest stars and is not short of famous fans, so keep checking back for exciting new cast announcements.

Is this the end for Peaky Blinders?

Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy BBC

Knight has confirmed that the forthcoming series of Peaky Blinders will definitely be the last, but fear not – just because the TV series will be over, it doesn’t mean you’ll never see the Shelbys again.

“While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form," he said.

It has been confirmed that Peaky Blinders will be heading to the big screen for a film, so there should be one or two more big developments to come for the Shelbys even after the final episode of series 6.

In the meantime, those missing Knight’s writing can look out for his new series, SAS: Rogue Heroes, based on the Ben Macintyre book about the formation of the Special Forces unit which will air on BBC.

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