‘Big fan’ David Bowie’s music to feature in ‘Peaky Blinders’

Late singer said to have sent pictures of himself in costume to Cillian Murphy

David Bowie‘s music will feature in the new series of BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders with the late singer described as a “big fan” of the programme.

Starring Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders focuses on a ruthless gang in a post World War I Birmingham. It returns for its third series on May 5.

Speaking to Radio Times, Murphy described how music has been a major part of the show, saying: “From the beginning we had The White Stripes and Nick Cave and since the show has gained in popularity more bands have started wanting to lend their music.”

Writer Steven Knight added that the show had been approached by the Bowie camp before his death in January and that “it seems that his people were keen to establish that we could use it before he passed on”.

Knight also revealed how Bowie “sent a photo of himself with razor blades in his cap to Cillian [Murphy] about a year ago”.

The BBC is expected to announce which Bowie track will be used on the show shortly but a spokesperson told Radio Times: “With the edit team still working away on the episodes a final track list or artist list is yet to be confirmed for the series three soundtrack”.

Watch the trailer for the third series of Peaky Blinders below.