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Tom Hardy's Taboo gets second series

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hardy’s passion project Taboo, the dark historical drama that aired on BBC1 on Saturday nights, is getting a second series.

FX and the BBC will team up with producers Scott Free London and Hardy’s own Hardy Son & Baker banner to deliver the eight new episodes.

The first series was set in 1817 and saw Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney, a man thought long dead, return to London from Africa to inherit what was left of a shipping empire, only to find himself navigating increasingly complex territories in order to survive.

Hardy, who personally created Taboo with screenwriter Steven Knight and his own father Chips Hardy – commented: “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news!”

Executive producer Scott added: “We’re thrilled people want to know what happens next and that the BBC and FX are up for more adventures with the devil Delaney and the league of the damned.

“Along with our international distributors, Sonar Entertainment, the BBC and FX have been great partners, supporting Taboo at every stage so it could be the dark, dirty brute of a drama that it is.”

According to the BBC, Taboo has become one of its most successful dramas on iPlayer, and had “been a huge hit with younger audiences”.

Steven Knight, creator and executive producer, said: “I’m thrilled that a work which pushes boundaries has been so well received and found such a large and enthusiastic audience in the US and Britain.

“We have tried to take an impressionistic, rather than figurative, approach to a narrative which we hope more accurately portrays the spirit of an extraordinary time in history.

“James Delaney will continue to explore many realities as he takes his band of misfits to a new world, thanks to FX and the BBC, partners who could not be more suited to collaborating in ground breaking work.”

For those who missed out, the first series of Taboo will remain on the iPlayer until March 27, 2017.

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