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Production of season six of Peaky Blinders was brought to a halt in March when the UK went into lockdown. As fans of the BBC drama eagerly await news on filming starting up again, director Anthony Byrne revealed a realistic timeline of when the latest series is likely to hit screens.
Earlier this year, the BBC announced it was suspending production on a number of shows including Peaky Blinders.
Director Anthony has given an insight into when filming will resume and fans won’t be impressed with the news.
“At this point, I have no idea in an ideal world it would be great to be prepping again at the end of the year with a view to start shooting early next year,” he told Digital Spy.
“That feels achievable whether that’s true or not I have no idea it’s what we’re discussing and talking about.”
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He continued: “But as lots of people know we were due to start filming at the end of March until the end of July so we’d still be filming so it takes that long.
“So say if we did start shooting January, we wouldn’t finish until May, June and it’s another six months of editing so it does take time.
“Unfortunately when we started prep it was going to be the shortest gap between seasons which I was really excited about.”
Anthony revealed fans will likely have waited “two years” for a slice of the drama when season six airs.
“I think season four and five it was quite a while, two years, and now it looks like it’s going to be longer,” he noted.
The fourth season of Peaky Blinders premiered in November 2017 and concluded a month later while season five hit screens in August 2019.
Despite the disappointing news, Anthony shared a positive outcome from the halt in production.
“I promise it will be worth the wait,” he said. “It’s given us an opportunity to go back to look through the scripts again and really nail it.”
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“I’m spending a lot of time at the moment going through the scripts to try and figure that out,” Anthony revealed.
“We have a pretty good idea of how we’re going to achieve those scenes whether it’s intimacy or fighting.
“There’s definitely a way to do it and that’s what a lot of this downtime has been about.”
Elsewhere, screenwriter Steven Knight has opened up on how coronavirus restrictions have impacted the upcoming series.
“We’ve had to change a few things because of actors’ schedules,” he revealed in an interview for the official Peaky Blinders website.
“I’ve been through the scripts, so some things have changed, I think, for the better.
“Obviously the main concern is for everybody’s safety. Once we’re certain that we can make the show and keep everybody safe, we’ll start.”
Peaky Blinders season 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix and BBC iPlayer now.
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