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'Peaky Blinders' Revealed as BBC Two's Biggest Drama Series of 2017
12 Jan 2018 : Nathan Griffin
BBC Two have revealed that season 4 of ‘Peaky Blinders’ was the channels most watched show receiving a series average of 3.3 million, with its peak episode volume receiving 3.6 million for the series finale. These figures make the finale of season 4, the most watched episode ever.

Season 4 figures (3.3mil) highlighting the growing popularity of ‘Peaky Blinders‘, beating series one (2.4mil), series two (2.2mil) and series three (2.4mil).

The hit show has a host of Irish talent involved including series 4 director; David Caffrey, actors Ned Dennehy; Charlie Murphy; and Cillian Murphy. Both Charlie Murphy and Cillian Murphy were also included amongst the nominatee for this year's IFTA Film & Drama Awards, which were announced on Thursday.

Caryn Mandabach, executive producer, said:

“It is wildly gratifying to realise how connected our audience is to Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), his family, and everyone in his orbit. Though the action takes place nearly a hundred years ago, Steve has an unparalleled ability to make every character resonate as though they were alive today.”

BBC iPlayer figures also reflect the popularity of the critically acclaimed drama, with stats revealing each episode received more than a million requests in the seven days after broadcast transmission. Sign-in data also indicates that nearly 60% of the audience viewing the show on BBC iPlayer were under 35-year-olds.

Will Gould, executive producer, said:

“Year after year, the very best cast and crew come together to bring Steve’s astonishing scripts to life. It’s a testament to them, to Cillian and to Steve that this series goes from strength to strength in every way.”

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says:

“Peaky Blinders just gets better and better. It is such a distinctive, brilliantly crafted, beautifully acted series that Steven Knight, the production team and the exceptional cast have taken to another level. It is brilliant that such a broad, younger audience loves the series as much as we do at BBC Two. We can’t wait for the next series!”

A fifth series of Peaky Blinders has been confirmed for 2019.

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