The series three finale came to a nail-biting climax last year, when the police arrived at the very end to arrest the famous gangster clan.
And it seems the fourth season of Peaky Blinders is set to be no less dramatic, as the cast were seen making an explosive return to set on Monday to kick off filming.
Leading man Cillian Murphy, 40, appeared better than ever as he sprinted around the streets of Toxteth, Liverpool with a gun in hand – in his famous Tommy Shelby character.
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Back with a bang: Cillian Murphy, 40, looked better than ever as he sprinted around the streets of Toxteth, Liverpool with a gun in hand to film the fourth series of Peaky Blinders
The Irish actor was seen clad in his character’s signature get-up of a three-piece suit, layered beneath a long-line coat and teamed with his iconic baker’s cap.
First shooting a number of broody scenes with a cigarette in his mouth, the actor was then seen removing his jacket as he embarked on a more dramatic chase around the street – with a foreboding pistol in hand.
As the shoot progressed, Cillian and his co-stars became surrounded by a haze of white smoke, implying shots had been fired in one the show’s famously tense scenes.
Dramatic: As the scene progressed, Cillian and his co-stars were then seen surrounded by a haze of white smoke, implying shots had been fired in one the show’s famously tense scenes
Tom’s back: The Irish actor was seen clad in his character’s signature get-up of a three-piece suit, layered beneath a long-line coat and teamed with his iconic baker’s cap
Coming out of character for a quick break later on however, the 28 Days later star was then pictured laughing with his co-stars Paul Anderson, who plays his brother Arthur Shelby on the series, and Jordan Bolger, who stars as fellow gang member Isiah.
While the drama itself is set in Birmingham, the show utilises an inner area of Liverpool as its set – and transforms the streets into the iconic 1920s setting.
As filming kicked off on Monday, the yellow lines on the road were concealed and props such as vintage cars, retro billboards, period lampposts and even a horse and cart are brought in, to add to the gritty and old-fashioned feel of the show.
Let’s do this: The actor was seen removing his jacket later on to embark on a more dramatic chase around the street – with a pistol in hand
Cool: He was also seen filming a number of brooding scenes with a cigarette in his mouth
Filming is expected to take four months, followed by three months of editing – meaning the show could return to BBC Two as early as October this year.
The gangster drama follows the antics of the Romani Peaky Blinders gang and their cunning ring leader Tom Shelby (Murphy) in post-war Birmingham.
The most recent series, which aired in the UK in May last year, was set two years after the second season in 1924 – and followed the gang’s attempts to expand internationally.
The fourth series however has been much-anticipated by fans over the last few months, as the final episode of series three saw the family be taken away by police in handcuffs – with their fate unknown.
Effective: While the drama itself is set in a post-war Birmingham, the show utilises an inner area of Liverpool as its set – and transforms the streets into the iconic 1920s setting
However the untouchable Tommy of course, avoided arrest, leaving fans to question what will happen to him and his sidekicks in the next chapter of the story.
Cillian recently spoke about his iconic gang leader role, and how it requires an intense dedication to make so realistic.
He told the Sunday People: ‘The nature of the character is immersive. You have to cancel reality for four months while you’re playing him.
‘I always come out of it destroyed but having felt like we have made something amazing. I enjoy those type of characters where you have to travel quite a distance from yourself to get to.’
Chilling out: Taking a break later on, the 28 Days Later was seen laughing with his co-stars Paul Anderson (R) who plays his brother Arthur Shelby and Jordan Bolger (back) who plays Isiah
However he went on to explain that the show’s huge popularity makes it all worth it – and that he hopes the series will continue all the way to the World War II.
He added: ‘I can see this going on for many years. The ambition is the first air raid siren of the Second World War. When we hear that it’ll be the last episode.’
After huge success in both the UK and the States, the show’s fourth season was confirmed late last year.
At the time, Cillian confessed that he owed the show’s cult following to the thrilling storylines and talented script writers.
He said: ‘The success of it is down to really great writing. People in America love it, people in Australia love it, people in Poland love it – it’s mad.’
Gritty: The gansgter drama follows the antics of the Romani Peaky Blinders gang and their cunning ring leader Tom Shelby (Murphy) in post-war Birmingham