Peaky Blinders' Irish director Anthony Byrne has said the plan is to film the sixth series of the Cillian Murphy-starring crime-drama "early next year".

Former Love/Hate director Byrne is behind the lens for season five of Peaky Blinders, which begins on BBC One on Sunday, August 25 at 9:00pm. 

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The Dubliner will become the first director to return for a second season of Peaky Blinders when he takes up the reins on series six.

When asked by GQ Magazine why he wanted to return for season six, Byrne replied: "It started when we were shooting. Steve [Knight, creator and writer of Peaky Blinders] sent me a really great email saying this was the best it's ever been and he couldn't believe the rushes he was seeing. 

"Cillian Murphy started talking to me about it. We had a great relationship and he clearly liked what I was doing. Then Steve was on set and asked me officially... I really had to think about it because it's a massive commitment to make, but it felt like this series is part one of two."

"I think previous series had very definite endings, whereas I think this series doesn't end that way," Byrne teased. "So I felt more and more that I wanted to come back and finish this."

Byrne told GQ he is "reading the scripts at the moment" for season six.

"I start properly on series six in early November," he continued. "Then we start shooting early next year, is the plan."

Series five of Peaky Blinders finds "the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929". 

"When Tommy Shelby MP (Cillian Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family's future but that of the entire nation," said the BBC.

When asked by GQ what else fans can look forward to in season five, Byrne replied: "We're taking it in a different direction while also getting back to what was established in the first series. 

"We're getting back to Tommy Shelby's psyche, the darkness of his head, his soul and his heart. I think last series was a bit like a payoff for the audience: 'We've had three series, so here's gangsters chasing and shooting at each other...' 

"This series is about returning to the darkness of a man's soul and what he's lost in the time that it has taken him to achieve everything he values."

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