It was flat caps galore as the stars of Peaky Blinders returned to the West Midlands.
The cast of the hit BBC drama were at the Mailbox in Birmingham last night for an exclusive screening of the first episode of the highly-anticipated new series.
The third series of the hit show – which again includes scenes filmed at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley – airs tonight on BBC Two at 9pm.
Cillian Murphy, who plays the lead role of Tommy Shelby in the post First World War drama, based in Birmingham, was the star of the red carpet and was met by screams by adoring fans. He was joined by Steven Knight, the writer and creator of the show, Harry Kirton who plays Tommy’s youngest brother Finn and Packy Lee who plays gipsy Johnny Doggs, a friend of Tommy’s.
Tom Hardy did not appear at the event as he was reportedly unwell.
Also on the carpet and at the exclusive screening was new girl Gaite Jansen. The Dutch actress makes her Peaky debut in episode one of series three.
The third series of the show is based two years after the end of the second series where Tommy escaped death after the Epsom Derby. This time around the Shelbys find themselves with plenty of wealth including nice houses and fancy cars, but face a battle with their emotions as Tommy tries to turn Shelby Brothers Ltd into a legal enterprise.
Creator and writer Steven Knight said: “At the end of series two we see Tommy has escaped death by the skin of his teeth, to fight another day.
“There was a threat hanging over him, that a favour would be called in and we find him in series three two years later when that favour is just about to be called in. It’s a huge imposition and it takes him to places no self-respecting gangster would normally go.”