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The hit drama series will return for a fourth season

A town in Liverpool has been given a 1920s makeover as the production of Peaky Blinders season 4 begins.

Photographs have emerged from the set, in which Cillian Murphy and co. can be seen around the town of Toxteth in Liverpool, which has been disguised as the 1920s criminal underworld of Birmingham.

The Peaky Blinders have been spotted toting pistols and fans of the show have been going crazy.

The writer and director of the show, Steven Knight, told Deadline:

“I’m very, very excited because I’m just completing Episode 6 of Series 4, which again I think is the best yet.I’m loving it and it’s not like work. It’s not like a labour. I love doing it, and the boys are coming back and they’re loving the scripts…we start shooting in March.”

In addition, he told the BBC:

“I want to shine the light on the 1920s and hopefully the 1930s, making it a true between the wars family story. I want the family trajectory to continue upwards and for them to become wealthier and more powerful.

“The only thing I want to do is for Tommy to be knighted, to become Sir Thomas Shelby for various nefarious reasons!I hope it does run and run all the way up to the Second World War, but it does get harder to get the cast together as the actors are being pulled into feature films. It’s a victim of its own success.”

When asked about the prospect of Tom Hardy returning, Knight commented:

“Tom Hardy was very keen to return. He’s an actor in high demand but he made sure he would be available for Peaky Blinders.

“I know how he feels. This is my hobby – writing and directing films are the day job, but Peaky Blinders is what I do because I love it.I have a real loyalty and affection for it, it’s my baby and I have wanted to do it for 20 years.”

The next series is expected to hit screens in October and the BBC have already ordered a fifth series.