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Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty are the latest high-profile series to shut down production in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Filming had begun on season six of Line of Duty last month, while shooting on season six of Peaky Blinders had yet to commence.

A BBC spokesperson said: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, the producers – Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions – of Peaky Blinders S6 have postponed filming, and World Productions on Line of Duty S6 have suspended filming, both in consultation with and supported by the BBC.”

The BBC rep added: “We will continue to review all productions on a case-by-case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organization, and Public Health England.”

Line of Duty‘s sixth season had been expected to air later this year, with Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald joining regular cast members Vicki McClure, Adrian Dunbar, and Martin Compston. You can watch existing seasons of the British crime procedural over on Acorn TV. The first three seasons will also be airing on AMC, beginning Saturday April 4 at 10/9c.

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Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne confirmed in January that the show’s sixth season had gone into pre-production. It’s not known when the new episodes are expected to premiere, though a 2021 launch now seems more likely following the postponement.

Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders join a slew of US shows which have already shut down production, including Stranger Things, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Riverdale, and Young Sheldon.

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By Nick Levine