BBC & FX Renews Tom Hardy-Starrer 'Taboo' Series For Second Season

The BBC One and FX series is being renewed for a second season.

The two television studios are re-joining with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker a second chapter of the Taboo series. Starring Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, the series was created by Steven Knight, of Peaky Blinders' fame, with Hard and his father, Chips Hardy.

Hardy said today in a statement: “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news.”

“I’m thrilled that a work which pushes boundaries has been so well received and found such a large and enthusiastic audience in the U.S. and Britain," Steven Knight said. "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.”

“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," executive producer Ridley Scott said. "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.”

The second season will be eight hour-long episodes that have been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Producing will done by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK. Executive producers are Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Knight.

Moore, talked up having the show in a new Saturday night slot on BBC One saying, it “provided us with an opportunity to take risks and showcase distinctive drama; and the growing talkability of Taboo has engaged younger audiences seeing record numbers coming to iPlayer, with the availability of the box set maximizing audiences even further. A second series can’t come soon enough.”

Set in 1814, the first season follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

Taboo season one stars Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly, Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins, Franka Potente, Jefferson Hall, Ed Hogg, Leo Bill, Christopher Fairbank, Richard Dixon, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson and Lucian Msamati, along with newcomer Robert Parker.

Source: Deadline

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