Taboo Renewed By BBC One For Season 2: ‘The Devil Delaney and League of the Damned” Will Return

Though it came as no surprise, earlier this week it was officially confirmed Taboo will return for a new eight-part series.  The gritty, 19th Century, period drama had been expected to return after creator/writer/producer, Stephen Knight, has said in various interviews the plan would be for at least three series.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, commissioned the next installment of the series, which was created by Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, Tom’s father, with Stephen Knight, based on an original story by Tom and Chips.  It will be produced by Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for distribution by the BBC (in the UK), FX (in the US) and Sonar Entertainment (rest of the world).

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Stephen Graham as Atticus & Tom Hardy as James Delaney in Taboo

“… the dark, dirty brute of a drama…”

When the renewal was confirmed on Thursday, creator/writer/producer/star, Tom Hardy (seriously, the man can do anything), is quoted as saying “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news.”

Executive producer, Ridley 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.”

Who is James Keziah Delaney?

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Tom Hardy as the brooding James Delaney

Set in 1814, season one, which began airing in January 2017 on BBC One and FX, focuses on James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), a man who has been long-presumed dead.  He returns to London from Africa, following the death of his father, Horace Delaney, to inherit the remains of his father’s shipping empire and claim a secret legacy left to him by the mad Horace.

James is an enigma, shrouded in dark mystery and wild rumours.  He holds Nootka Sound, a piece of land on the coast of North America, hostage, refusing to sell to either the corrupt East India Company or The Crown.  As the series progresses, there are multiple threads of murder (attempts and actual), conspiracy, betrayal, espionage and the paranormal.

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Don’t let that loin cloth distract you from the brilliance that is Taboo!

Hardy is exceptional as Delaney (not surprising, considering the role was literally written for him).  He brings new depths of moodiness, madness and apathy to a TV character.  So, it is a massive relief he is confirmed as returning for season two.

There is no confirmed return date as yet, but if you need your Taboo fix, all of series one is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer until the 27th March.

Did you watch the first season?  Did you love it or hate it, or just not get it?  How hyped are you for the return?  Let me know in the comments or @ me on Twitter.

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