Taboo is a British television drama program produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX. The show premiered on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 7 January 2017, followed by the United States premiere on FX on 10 January 2017. The program was renewed for a second series in March 2017.
It was created by Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, and his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, and is based on a story written by Tom and Chips Hardy. The eight-part series, set in 1814, begins with James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after twelve years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds, following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end.
Kristoffer Nyholm and Anders Engström each directed four episodes of the first series. The music was composed by Max Richter. The show has received generally favorable reviews, with critics praising Hardy’s performance. Two more series are planned.
Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, Horace Delaney’s son
Leo Bill as Benjamin Wilton, records officer, East India Company
Jessie Buckley as Lorna Bow, Horace’s widow
Oona Chaplin as Zilpha Geary, James Delaney’s half-sister
Mark Gatiss as the Prince Regent
Stephen Graham as Atticus, underworld informant to Delaney
Jefferson Hall as Thorne Geary, Zilpha’s husband, insurance broker
David Hayman as Brace, Horace Delaney’s loyal servant
Edward Hogg as Michael Godfrey, minute taker, East India Company
Michael Kelly as Dr Edgar Dumbarton, American physician at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and spy
Jonathan Pryce as Sir Stuart Strange, Chairman of the East India Company
Jason Watkins as Solomon Coop, Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Nicholas Woodeson as Robert Thoyt, Delaney’s solicitor
Edward Fox as Horace Delaney, owner of a shipping company based in London
Franka Potente as Helga von Hinten, brothel madam
Ruby-May Martinwood as Winter, Helga’s daughter
Scroobius Pip as French Bill, assistant to Atticus
Fiona Skinner as Brighton, a member of Atticus’s gang.
Christopher Fairbank as Ibbotson, Delaney’s tenant farmer
Richard Dixon as Edmund Pettifer, Africa desk, East India Company
Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Abraham Appleby, East India Company
Tom Hollander as Dr George Cholmondeley, chemist and scientist
Marina Hands as Countess Musgrove, American spymaster in London
Danny Ligairi as Martinez, Polynesian associate of Delaney
Lucian Msamati as George Chichester, Sons of Africa lawyer
Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Robert, James Delaney’s illegitimate son