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‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Steven Knight Sets Partnership With Banijay’s Kudos, BBC Series ‘Two Tone’ Greenlit

Naman Ramachandran Banijay U.K.’s Kudos has signed a creative partnership deal with “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight. Under the terms of the deal, Kudos will get a first look at future U.K. based projects originated by Knight and support the Birmingham film and TV industry.Kudos, the production company behind “Deadwater Fell” and “Grantchester,” is also producing the upcoming BBC One series “SAS Rogue Heroes,” created by Knight.
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‘Peaky Blinders’ creator gives more information about upcoming film
Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight, has given some more information about what fans can expect from the upcoming Peaky Blinders film.Speaking to Metro UK, Knight said of the upcoming film: “I know exactly what’s going to happen, I know what the story is and I’m writing at the moment.”He added: “It’s a very specific story, that’s based on a true story from the Second World War and will be told in the Peaky way.”He also went on to say that new character Hayden Stagg, played by Stephen Graham, could also be involved in the film, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2023.“I’ve wanted him in [the series] for a long time and this series, we managed to get the schedules aligned,” Knight said of Graham.“I was writing a character, set in the Liverpool Docks and I knew, it could only be him. It’s been brilliant, and I want to keep him as part of it, going forward.”Previously, Knight said that characters introduced in season six also help set up the forthcoming film.In an interview with Esquire, Knight said the new characters in season six, which is currently airing on BBC One and is set to hit Netflix in June, will shape the direction of the film.He said: “In series six we’re bringing in the new generation, and they are going to be part of what happens in [the] film.
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Peaky Blinders' Natasha O’Keeffe speaks of 'spiritual' connection with late Helen McCrory
Peaky Blinders are all still grieving the terrible loss, with Natasha O’Keeffe revealing she sometimes found herself talking to her on-set of the latest series.Helen, who played Aunt Polly in the hit BBC drama, won't appear in the new season but creator Steven Knight, reassured fans they'll see a tribute to the late actress.Ahead of the premiere of the highly-anticipated instalment, the cast spoke about their grief.Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby, admitted the show "simply won’t be the same".And in a new interview with Radio Times, Natasha revealed her death "knocked us all back".The actress, who plays Tommy's second wife Lizzie Stark, said: "There were some moments of happiness and laughter on set, but it was a very sad and surreal time."It’s hard to get your head around the fact that if filming hadn’t been delayed by Covid, Helen would have been in the sixth series."Aunt Polly was meant to be part of that story."She went on to explain she feels like Helen remained on set in a "spiritual" way."Sometimes I would find myself talking to her," she smiled"It wasn’t a conscious decision, more like an instinct."I felt the need to connect with her in some way and so I’d ask for strength or encouragement between takes."She added: "I also listened to Nina Simone in my trailer because I know Helen liked her."The emotion of it all comes in tidal waves. It’s still hard to believe..."It's understood that the series is dedicated to Helen, with Knight branding her "fundamental to the whole production".He told the publication: "Helen was so brilliant.
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