Peaky Blinders, the epic Birmingham based drama returns to BBC Two for second series

pbSteven Knight’s acclaimed six-part gangster epic, Peaky Blinders returns to BBC  for a killer second series.

The spectacular cast from series one – Cillian Murphy leading as Tommy Shelby, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole and Ned Dennehy is joined for series two by BAFTA award-winning actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), Australian actor Noah Taylor(Game of Thrones, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) and Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow, Wuthering Heights).

Set in 1922 the new series is set to be an enthralling tale of ambition, corruption, violence, desire, and above all an extraordinary family living through extraordinary times.

As the 1920s begin to roar, business is booming for the Peaky Blinders gang. Shelby starts to expand his legal and illegal operations. He has his sights set firmly on wider horizons, and the race tracks of the South are calling out for new management.

Shelby’s meteoric rise brings him into contact with both the upper echelons of society and astonishing new adversaries from London’s criminal enterprises. All will test him to the core, though in very different ways.

Meanwhile, Shelby’s home turf of Birmingham is beset by new challenges as members of his family react to the upturn in their fortunes, and an enemy from his past returns to the city with plans for a revenge of biblical proportions.

“Peaky Blinders is a passion project for me” explains creator, writer and executive producer Steven Knight.

“It’s based on stories told to me by my parents, about their parents and uncles. They grew up in 1920s Birmingham and were bookmakers and gangsters embroiled in gang wars during that period of British history. I thought the stories must have been exaggerated, but in doing the research, I found they’d actually spared me many of the gory details. The reality was much more traumatic and I just felt I had to tell the story.”

Steven Knight is one of the most talented screen writers of his generation, and his compelling writing and rich cast of characters is brought alive by an array of amazing talent.  Viewers can expect a look into the dark underbelly of the London ghetto and powerful tales of corruption, violence and desire.