After gathering a huge following since 2013, the BBC TV show Peaky Blinders will come to an end with its sixth season.
The production team revealed their U-turn for the series, despite showrunner Steven Knight saying last year that the show would receive a seventh season.
Knight clarified: ’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.'
He added that while the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.
Caryn Mandabach, an executive producer for the show, added in a statement: 'Along with our wonderful, supportive partners at BBC and Netflix, we have been working diligently to ensure we can get ‘Peaky’ safely back into production; the safety of our cast and crew is always our priority.'
'Thank you to all the ‘Peaky’ fans who have been so unwaveringly supportive and patient. Steve’s scripts are incredible and mark the end of an epic story that has entranced audiences since it first started in 2013, but the world of ‘Peaky Blinders’ will most definitely live on.'
Meanwhile, a photograph of the show's leading actor, Cillian Murphy, on the set was posted to the official Peaky Blinders Instagram page.
The Instagram page also includes a link to a statement by the production team, which closes off with a reassurance that the team is following government safety guidelines amid the current pandemic.
Peaky Blinders, which also notably stars Sam Claflin and Tom Hardy, follows gangster the story of Tommy Shelby and his rise to power in Birmingham, following the ending of the First World War.
Steven Knight's previous TV venture included a 3-part miniseries adaptation of a Christmas Carol in 2019, which contained even darker themes than the original story.
The entire series can currently be viewed on the streaming service Netflix.