Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy announces move away from Tommy Shelby role

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Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby, will explore his own record collection with a new late-night series on BBC Radio 6 Music. The 12-part series will see the actor and regular contributor of 6 Music curate playlists of old and new music as he explains why the music is special to him. 

Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition will include genres ranging from afrobeat to electronica, jazz, spoken word and poetry. 

Iconic artists including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and David Bowie will feature. 

The series of two-hour programmes launch on October 19 at 12am. 

At the end of each episode, listeners will be able to catch up on the next programme immediately on BBC Sounds. 

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Cillian said: “Over the last few months, radio in general, and 6 Music specifically, has kept me going, so it’s lovely to be able to give something back in the form of these shows.”

Samantha Moy, head of BBC Radio 6 Music, added: “We consider Cillian part of our family, so it’s a joy to have him back home on 6 Music.

“His passion for music is inescapable, his storytelling sublime and I know he will make Sunday nights very special for 6 Music listeners.”

The Peaky Blinders star has been a regular contributor of 6 Music and presented a Christmas special in 2018 where he selected his favourite tracks of the year.

He presented The Sound of Cinema in which he discussed some of his favourite music moments from the big screen. 

The actor also presented Cillian Murphy’s Music Mixtape in 2019, standing in for Guy Garvey.

Meanwhile, a Peaky Blinders fan has exposed a huge geographical blunder.

One fan pointed out Tommy’s decision to refer to the Turkish city as Istanbul exposes a huge plot hole. 

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Sharing on a Peaky Blinders forum, the fan said: “Tommy refers to Istanbul. It was always still called Constantinople in the West at that time and would be for several more years.”

Constantinople is an ancient city in modern-day Turkey that’s now known as Istanbul. 

Peaky Blinders is set in the early 20th century and the five series span over ten years from 1919 to 1929.

The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne established the Republic of Turkey and moved its capital to Ankara. 

Constantinople remained a part of the new republic but in 1930 the city adopted the name Istanbul. 

Meanwhile, Tommy and the rest of the Shelby clan have yet to reach 1930 in the BBC drama.

Peaky Blinders season 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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