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New Drama By ‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Is Coming To The BBC And Tom Hardy Is Rumoured To Star

New Drama By ‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Is Coming To The BBC And Tom Hardy Is Rumoured To Star

Just when we thought our excitement levels had peaked thanks to the fact that Cillian Murphy will be returning to our screens THIS SUNDAY in the new series of Peaky Blinders, we receive news that its creator Steven Knight is working on a brand-new project.

Oh, and it might star Tom Hardy.

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We need to sit down for a minute.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

The new series, which is heading for the BBC, will explore the formation of the SAS - the Special Air Service, a special forces unit of the British Army formed during World War II - and will be based on Ben Macintyre's best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes.

The series "will tell the story behind the revolutionary thinking which led to the creation of a new form of combat and warfare in the deserts of North Africa," says the broadcaster.

"Steven Knight will bring to the screen Macintyre's extraordinary book, written with unique and privileged access to the secret SAS archives, and bring to life this definitive account of SAS history," it says.

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Celebrating the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of the organisation, as well as delving into the psychology of its "flawed, reckless but astonishingly brave group of maverick officers," Ben was given first-hand access to the SAS's archives to write the original book.

Speaking of the upcoming six-part series, he said: "This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back into the shadows."

"We will shine a light on remarkable true events informed by the people who shaped them."

And now for the even better news: while casting will be announced imminently, according to reports Tom Hardy is in talks to play the leading role of Northern Irish SAS co-founder Blair 'Paddy' Mayne, which would basically make this the best show ever.

Steven Knight (Credit: PA)
Steven Knight (Credit: PA)

Tom and Steven have previously worked together on Peaky Blinders as well as Taboo, which Hardy co-created and co-produced, so we're definitely hoping a reunion might be on the cards.

Martin Haines, joint Managing Director for the show's production company Kudos, said: "The sheer scale of the adventures brilliantly told by Ben, and the extraordinary and varied characters involved, make this an incredibly exciting project. With Steven on board we have the opportunity to redefine the genre completely."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

That's another series to add to the list!

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Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment

Naomi Chadderton

Naomi is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from The University of Nottingham, Naomi moved out to Dubai where she worked for Grazia Middle East and Harper's Bazaar Arabia. She is now back home and enjoying the London life.

 

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