Steven Knight’s acclaimed drama Peaky Blinders has been renewed by the BBC for a fourth and fifth series. The currently airing third run picks up with the Shelby clan two years after the events of the previous series, Tommy’s (Cillian Murphy) ambitions are growing and he’s not letting anything stand in his way. Creator and writer Steven Knight issued a brief statement about the unexpected two series order.

“I am genuinely thrilled at the response to the third series of the show. The prospect of writing series four and five is truly exciting. This is a real passion project for me and I look forward to telling more stories of the Shelby family.”

Cillian Murphy added; 

"Tommy Shelby is one of the most intense, challenging characters I've had the opportunity to play. I'm particularly grateful that Steven's original, dynamic writing and the long form series allow me to explore Tommy in depth. I very much look forward to Tommy's evolution over the next two chapters.”

The currently airing third series has two episodes left and next week sees the return of Tom Hardy’s formidable Alfie Solomons. Hardy and Knight have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship over the last few years; Knight wrote and directed Hardy in the film Locke, and they’re recently collaborated on the FX mini-series Taboo. Steven Knight is the latest writer to take on the script for World War Z 2; the sequel is still without a director following the exit of J.A. Bayona, who left to helm Universal's Jurassic World 2. 

Peaky Blinders continues in the UK on BBC Two Thursdays at 9pm; US fans can watch the series via Netflix on May 31st.