Peaky Blinders director explains latest show shake-up in bid to ‘retain power’ over fans


PEAKY Blinders director has explained the show’s latest shake-up in a bid to ‘retain power’ over fans.

Speaking during a Q&A, Anthony Byrne revealed he’d made a significant change to season five, and his reasons behind it.

He said: “We removed the front titles from season five because I didn’t want the audience to be distracted by people’s names.

“If you’re a fan of the show, you know who everybody is.

“All the actors in the show are largely, very well-known so they don’t need to have their name at the front.

“I’d rather you were watching Tommy walking through the field.”

Anthony also discussed the decision to scrap the show’s famous theme tune, which is Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

He said: “I just personally felt it was being over overused. If you over use anything it loses its power.

“I felt that it was firmly established and its association with the show was cemented, it’s not going anywhere.”

“I wanted to strike out in a different direction musically and I wanted to establish a different musical language that had been used previously.”

Meanwhile, the show’s creator Steven Knight recently revealed season six will have a “supernatural element”.

He said in an interview for the official Peaky Blinders website: “I also like the supernatural element. ‘Is Tommy cursed?’ In other words, is everything predestined, are lives already mapped out? Do you have free will or not?

“Tommy sometimes feels that he doesn’t because it seems that everything is destined to stop him or move him in a particular direction. It’s the same with the whole family.”

Lastly he added: “I explore that more in the next series.”

Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 are available on BBC iPlayer.


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