BBC creates Birmingham mural to reveal Peaky Blinders return date

peaky blinders birmingham mural

To celebrate the much-anticipated return of Peaky Blinders, the BBC commissioned artist Akse P19 to create a striking 12.71m high mural of the leader of Shelby’s clan, Tommy Shelby, in his hometown of Birmingham.

Peaky Blinders mural

The mural looms over the Old Crown in Digbeth and reveals the previously secret broadcast date of 27 February – when the sixth and final series of the BAFTA award-winning drama comes BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The artwork was painted over seven days by street artist Akse, who is also behind the famous portrait of Marcus Rashford, and is part of a wider marketing campaign celebrating the return of the international phenomenon.

The national broadcaster also captured a mesmerising time-lapse film (below) of the mural being created.

Tom Flynn from BBC Creative, the BBC’s in-house creative agency, said: “We enlisted the help of artists from across the country to immortalise the Shelby family and ordered each artist to interpret the world of Peaky Blinders using their own unique style and perspective. 

“The end results are spectacular, with graffiti artist Akse’s epic mural in Birmingham being used to announce the series return date.

“The whole campaign has been a labour of love that has brought multiple teams from across BBC Creative, Marketing, Media and Commissioning together. 

“We hope the public enjoys the final series as much as we have enjoyed making the campaign.”

Peaky Blinders returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for the final series on 27 February.