‘Peaky Blinders’ spin-offs reportedly in the works at Netflix

'Peaky Blinders' spin-offs are reportedly in the works at Netflix
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By the order of “Peaky Blinders!” In addition to the much-awaited spin-off movie, Steven Knight’s historical crime drama series is getting two more spin-offs by Netflix. 

The streaming giant never fails to keep us on the edge of our seats, as just in time for the merry season, the latest update making the rounds on the internet has brewed something truly exciting for fans of the notorious Shelby family. As per the new whispers in the industry, the latest report made by Bloomberg suggests that the ‘Peaky Blinders‘ universe is expanding with two spinoff series that are currently in development, promising to transport us even deeper into the gritty world of crime gangs. 

With Netflix’s support by the side, these highly anticipated spin-offs now hold the potential to ignite a whole new era of gripping storytelling and leave the fans captivated by waiting for the best to come back from the same world on television screens around the globe. So far, the details confirm a sequel set in Boston and a prequel focusing on Polly Gray, the matriarch of the criminal Shelby clan. 

The sequel series based on the beloved crime drama is set in Boston and may explore the story of US-based crime boss Jack Nelson, who had tense dealings with the Birmingham gang in the original show. On the other hand, though nothing much has been reflected about the prequel series, the report acknowledges that the project will be centered around Polly Gray, which will likely delve into her past, considering her character was killed off-screen before the start of the sixth season.

We would like to highlight that no details confirming any casting for the respective spin-offs have been released yet.

Likewise, if you recall following the announcement that the sixth series would be the last one for the television adaptation, Knight came forward following the year-long production hiatus in 2020, to clarify it had been decided to produce a feature-length movie in place of a seventh television series, with other connected television series potentially following. As of writing this, there is still no production date, but creator Steven Knight has revealed that the movie should be in cinemas in 2024. 

For context, the original series, which aired from 2013 to 2022, is set in Birmingham, and it follows the exploits of the Peaky Blinders crime gang in the direct aftermath of the First World War. The fictional gang is loosely based on a real urban youth gang of the same name that was active in the city from the 1880s to the 1910s. Moreover, the show’s summary reads as follows:

“Britain is a mixture of despair and hedonism in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions, and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family.

But Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets. When a crate of guns goes missing, he recognizes an opportunity to advance in the world because crime may pay but legitimate business pays better. Trying to rid Britain of its crime is Inspector Chester Campbell, who arrives from Belfast to try to achieve that goal.”

Throughout, the sixth-season series featured an ensemble cast led by Cillian Murphy, starring as Tommy Shelby, Helen McCrory as Elizabeth “Polly” Grey, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby, and Joe Cole as John Shelby, the gang’s senior members. Sam Neill, Annabelle Wallis, Iddo Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Finn Cole, Natasha O’Keeffe, Paddy Considine, Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Claflin, Amber Anderson, James Frecheville, and Stephen Graham also star in the show. 

With its last season, Peaky Blinders took home the 2022 National Television Awards’ Returning Drama category win. The sixth season of Peaky Blinders was written by Knight, while Anthony Byrne returns as director having helmed season five to great acclaim, and Nick Goding produces. Executive producers are Caryn Mandabach, Steven Knight, Jamie Glazebrook, David Mason, Anthony Byrne, and Cillian Murphy. Most recently, the cast and crew of the series are currently celebrating the series’ 10th anniversary since its inception.

Right now, you can watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix and BBC One. The readers can also stream all six seasons by renting or purchasing them on Amazon (in selected regions) or by using a suitable VPN in case the series isn’t available in their location.