Netflix has acquired BBC2’s period drama Peaky Blinders in the US after striking a deal with The Weinstein Company and Endemol.

The deal comes after Harvey Weinstein’s film and TV company acquired the US rights to the Caryn Mandabach and Tiger Aspect-produced drama last year.

The first series of the gangster drama, which stars Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, will launch in the US at the end of this month and the second series will launch in November - a month after the UK TX.

The second series will feature the Shelby family expanding their empire south and north, while maintaining their stronghold in central Birmingham. The first series of Peaky Blinders averaged an audience of 2.4m (9.6%) viewers for BBC2.

“Peaky Blinders captivated audiences in the UK with its compelling storylines, powerful performances and stunningly beautiful imagery, and we cannot wait for our US audience to experience the series for the first time on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.

Director of Peaky Blinders series one, Otto Bathurst, will speak at the Production & Post Forum on 5 November 2014