Production of the highly anticipated latest series of ‘Peaky Blinders’ has been shelved by the BBC due to concerns over coronavirus.

The cast and crew of ‘Peaky Blinders‘ which was set to start filming for series six have been told that production has temporarily halted due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak sweeping across the country.

The fifth series of Peaky Blinders will have a star-studded red carpet premiere at the Town Hall in BirminghamAdam Yosef
The stars of ‘Peaky Blinders’ at the red carpet premiere of the show in Birmingham

A statement from the BBC shared on Twitter said:

“After much consideration, and in light of the developing situation concerning Covid-19, the start of production of Peaky Blinders series six has been postponed.

“Huge thanks to our incredible cast and crew, and to all out amazing fans for their continued support.”

The Birmingham-based drama – which has scenes filmed at the Black Country Museum in Dudley – revealed that pre-production for the sixth series of the show had started earlier this year.

The fifth series of Peaky Blinders attracted a record audience of 6.2 million last year. In the show, gang boss Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, realises his dream of becoming a wealthy businessman and Labour MP, but struggles to shake off his gangster reputation.

Actor Cillian Murphy, the lead star of Peaky Blinders, at a recent Birmingham red carpet premiereRangzeb Hussain
Actor Cillian Murphy, the lead star of Peaky Blinders, at a recent Birmingham red carpet premiere

According to show creator Steven Knight, the show will come to an end after the seventh and final series of the hit drama.

Another BBC drama filming for its sixth series, Line Of Duty has also been postponed due to coronavirus.

A BBC spokesman said: “We will continue to review all productions on a case-by-case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England.”

The news comes after announcements from studios across the world that TV and film productions, including Netflix and several Hollywood films, are being cancelled amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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