Peaky Blinders showrunner announces exciting new project away from BBC drama

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Steven Knight and the rest of the Peaky Blinders team were ready to start filming season six of the BBC drama when coronavirus restrictions halted production. Although the broadcaster has yet to confirm when fans can expect new Peaky Blinders episodes, showrunner Steven has announced a new project away from the series. 

Tin Star and The Tunnel producer Kudos will be teaming up with Steven for a new drama series.

The series will be set against the backdrop of the UK’s 1980s Two Tonne music scene. 

The movement fused Jamaican ska with punk rock and new wave and exploded in the early part of the decade. 

Groups including The Specials, The Selecter and The Beat are associated with the movement. 

Read more: Peaky Blinders season 6 release date: What did Paul Anderson tease?

Steven and Kudos’ new drama will use the music of Two Tone to tell the story of how the scene exploded out of Coventry and Birmingham. 

Two Tone helped to unify Black, White and Asian youth groups amid a backdrop of racism and political unrest. 

The series will be produced by Kudos in association with Kudos North and Yesterday producers Matthew James Wilkinson and Nick Angel. 

Discussing the project, Steven said: “This will be a project very close to my heart since this is home territory geographically and personally.”

“I grew up with this music and the people who loved it,” he continued. 

“It was a soundtrack that perfectly fitted the mood of the times, on the streets, in clubs and on the football terraces. 

“Birmingham and Coventry were the places where Two Tone was born and we will chart its progress through the important years. 

“The production team we are putting together will perfectly reflect the makeup of the people who made Two Tone happen.”

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Co MD of Kudos, Karen Wilson added: “This is a remarkable period of cultural history deeply rooted in the West Midlands, so with Steven’s passion for the area and his brilliant writing this will be a fascinating story of progression and unity set against a backdrop of racial tension and economic demise.”

Elsewhere, Arthur Shelby star Paul Anderson gave an update on series six of Peaky Blinders. 

The actor shared some artwork of his character and said: “Season six #comingfknsoon thanking you all for the wait, it will be worth it.”

Peaky Blinders fans were overjoyed by the update while others were sceptical. 

One posted: “Thanks to you for giving signs of something we love you.”

“Yaaaaaay we can’t wait,” a second shared while a third wrote: “Omg I can’t wait.”

But someone else added: “We don’t have the same definition of soon.”

Peaky Blinders fans could still have a long wait before new episodes arrive as filming of season six was halted earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Peaky Blinders season 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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