Gallery: Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy films at the Black Country Museum

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy was 'on fire' as filming for the next series of the TV smash hit drama switched to the Black Country Living Museum.

The action for the coming BBC2 series has fast forwarded three years to 1922 - and visitors to the Dudley museum were able to catch a glimpse of it all during filming.

The attraction's blacksmith forge and canals were the setting for some of the shots, while the rolling mill area became a scrap metal yard during 12-hour long days of filming by the 100-strong cast.

Director Colm McCarthy said: "We're getting some really great material.

"Cilliam is on fire.

"He has come back with a vengeance."

Mr McCarthy added that Cilliam now had a 'whole new take' on his character, Peaky Blinders gang leader Tommy Shelby, thanks to the scripts of the series creator Steven Knight, whose family comes from Small Heath, Birmingham.

New cast member Tom Hardy, who will play a Londoner, starts filming today in Liverpool, where three terraced streets bought by Ringo Starr to preserve his birthplace have been turned into the Shelby neighbourhood of Watery Lane, Small Heath.

Other scenes are being shot in Manchester

Mr McCarthy said he had been chatting to Tom Hardy and it was 'very exciting' to have him on board.

The stars and crew have spent three days at the museum this week, working 12-hour days until 11pm.

Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham's gambling underworld in the aftermath of the First World War and the new series will be aired in the autumn.

It will see Tommy and his family expand their business empire, while maintaining a stronghold in their Birmingham heartland.

Producer Laurie Borg said: “We would love to shoot the whole thing in Birmingham, but unfortunately the period locations we need just don’t exist anymore. It’s a shame but that’s progress.

“But I can promise you, the scenes we’ve shot here are going to look stunning.”

Cillian Murphy took the Best Actor award at the 27th Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz recently, while Helen McCrory also won the Best Actress accolade for her portrayal as the Shelby family matriarch, Aunt Polly.

The series also won the Best Original Soundtrack award, with composer Martin Phipps receiving the honour.

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