CILLIAN MURPHY could be returning for a new series of Peaky Blinders sooner than expected.
Like many TV shows, the hit BBC drama has suffered major production delays as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Those delays saw the release date for the sixth series seemingly pushed back to later in 2021 with series director Anthony Byrne even suggesting fans could be waiting to 2022 to see new episodes.
That proved a particularly bitter pill for fans to swallow given the cliffhanger ending to season five that left Murphy’s character holding a gun to his own head.
However, viewers may not have as long to wait as first expected after Peaky Blinders star Paul Anderson provided a positive update on when the show is likely to return.
Taking to Instagram the actor who players Arthur Shelby Jr, told fans the new series would be coming very soon.
Anderson shared an illustration of his character alongside the caption: "Season 6 #comingfknsoon 🖤
"Thanking you all for the wait, it will be worth it 💯🙏🐼."
The sixth season of Peaky Blinders had been due to begin filming in March before the Covid-19 pandemic forced production to shut down.
However, with everything already in place to film the new series, Anderson’s message suggests that, with all the prep completed, work on the new season may already be underway, if not completed.
Back in July, the BBC suggested the show would resume filming shortly.
With TV addicts facing a potential shortfall in new shows as a result of the pandemic shutdown and the possibility of more time spent indoors, news that a new series of Peaky Blinders is on the way will be welcome to fans in Ireland and the rest of the world.