Peak Blinders is to end after its seventh series, creator Steven Knight has confirmed.
The BBC Two crime drama, set in the streets without the law of the 1920s Birmingham, completed his fourth season in the month of December.
Speaking on the red carpet before the series’ surprise win at the Bafta TV Awards, Knight confirmed his plan to “end up with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939.”
“It’s going to take more than three series [to reach that point],” he told Digital Spy.
The show beat the competition of the candidates, including those of the BBC in the Line of Duty, and Netflix’s The Crown to be named best drama at the ceremony – its only nomination.
Peak Blinders, which has gone from strength to strength since premiering in 2013, had never won a Bafta before.
Accepting the award, Knight said that the win “means a lot to all the team”, but expressed his disappointment at the fact their stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson were not nominated.
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“The only cloud over it is I just wish that the people who have created some of the iconic characters of TV ‑ Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson ‑ soon maybe will be here, because I think they deserve,” he said.The film ‘focus’
The Oscar-nominated screenwriter also recognized the potential of future projects to speak to the media.
Confirmed that the production team had been “approached” to take the Shelby crime family universe to the big screen.
“A movie would be great… I don’t like to do it at the end, but maybe between the two of the series,” he said.
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Knight has previously told Digital Spy: “we are all thinking of you five will be the last, but it’s not set in stone. I don’t want to be held hostage to that.
“I mean, I always hope that we will get more. For all we know, we may even go beyond that.”
And he has always said that he wanted the series to run until the beginning of the second World War.
Paul Anderson, who plays Arthur Shelby in the series, said: “I don’t know if you can wrap it in one more season. I think that we are in ’26, ’28? Thus, the Second World War is not for a little while yet. I don’t think six episodes is enough to get us there.
“I’ve had this conversation with Cillian about a season more, and we both agreed: listen, if that is so, then yes, sure. But you can take two more. I have the feeling that it might take two more.”
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