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Taboo 

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Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost - even murder.
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Series cast summary:
Tom Hardy ...  James Keziah Delaney 9 episodes, 2017-2020
David Hayman ...  Brace 8 episodes, 2017
Jonathan Pryce ...  Sir Stuart Strange 8 episodes, 2017
Oona Chaplin ...  Zilpha Geary 8 episodes, 2017
Richard Dixon ...  Pettifer 8 episodes, 2017
Leo Bill ...  Wilton 8 episodes, 2017
Edward Hogg ...  Godfrey 8 episodes, 2017
Ruby-May Martinwood Ruby-May Martinwood ...  Winter 7 episodes, 2017
Jessie Buckley ...  Lorna Bow 7 episodes, 2017
Stephen Graham ...  Atticus 7 episodes, 2017
Franka Potente ...  Helga 7 episodes, 2017
James Greaves James Greaves ...  Strange's Clerk 7 episodes, 2017
Michael Kelly ...  Dumbarton 7 episodes, 2017
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ...  Robert 6 episodes, 2017
Jefferson Hall ...  Thorne Geary 6 episodes, 2017
Jason Watkins ...  Solomon Coop 6 episodes, 2017
Danny Ligairi ...  Martinez 6 episodes, 2017
Scroobius Pip Scroobius Pip ...  French Bill 6 episodes, 2017
Tallulah Haddon ...  Pearl 6 episodes, 2017
Tom Hollander ...  Cholmondeley 5 episodes, 2017
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Robert Thoyt / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Mark Gatiss ...  Prince Regent 5 episodes, 2017
Lewin Lloyd Lewin Lloyd ...  Temple 4 episodes, 2017
Edward Fox ...  Horace Delaney 4 episodes, 2017
Lucian Msamati ...  George Chichester 4 episodes, 2017
Fiona Skinner ...  Brighton 4 episodes, 2017
Rob Parker Rob Parker ...  Cole 3 episodes, 2017
Christopher Fairbank ...  Ibbotson 3 episodes, 2017
Marina Hands ...  Countess Musgrove 3 episodes, 2017
Evelyn Van Marle Evelyn Van Marle ...  Mudlark Girl 2 episodes, 2017
Alfie Mackay Alfie Mackay ...  Mudlark Boy 2 episodes, 2017
Donovan Louie Donovan Louie ...  The Malay 2 episodes, 2017
Larrington Walker ...  Street Beggar 2 episodes, 2017
David Houston David Houston ...  Ship's Captain 2 episodes, 2017
Brian Nickels Brian Nickels ...  Luis 2 episodes, 2017
Daniel Tuite ...  Palace Servant 2 episodes, 2017
James Oliver Wheatley ...  Tower Guard 2 episodes, 2017
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Storyline

James Keziah Delaney returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to wage war on those who have wronged him, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, whilst playing a dangerous game between two warring nations, Britain and America.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taboo See more »

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16:9 HD
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This will be the second Scott Free project that stars Tom Hardy. The first project is Child 44 (2015). See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Not everyone's cuppa but what a fine cuppa it is if you're into tea
1 March 2017 | by gornasaSee all my reviews

Apparently Tom Hardy lost a few million on this one. I find it hard to believe. Perhaps the person who did the calculations only took into account how the show did on its mother channel on TV in the UK. But that's just the beginning of its story, I would say, because there is streaming and DVDs and foreign sales... A lot of people prefer to stream stuff because it's more convenient. A fixed TV time isn't always a good time to watch something. I'm pretty sure Hardy knew what he was doing, and anyway, it's just not freakin' possible that this show isn't gonna do amazingly well around the world. NO WAY.

It's a period show and not everyone is into those, but if you are, man, what a story. I have so much respect for Tom for being a great actor who just can't make a bad movie - and now he also created 'Taboo'? What a talent this guy has! You gotta love his approach to acting and storytelling and you can see he is only after the best quality in everything he does. 'Taboo' is yet another example of this.

The story line is very intriguing, it's cooking slowly but keeps you hooked, and all the characters are great and very colourful. There is so much attention to detail here, especially when it comes to historical accuracy, but not only that. It's easy to watch a show and say 'it's amazing', but take the time to stop and think about how much work went into designing this, and into the filming. It's not just the clothes and the places and mannerisms, etc., but the many different characters too, each of whom has their own story and personality. And then there's the whole main story and the many twists and turns, with James Delaney always being on top of things, always having an ace up his sleeve. How does one simply write such a show 'just like that'? We watch it and enjoy it, but the work - the work! Think about it every step of the way and you will truly be amazed at what Hardy achieved here. You'll see a perfectionist behind every frame.

I like all the actors playing all the different parts, they make it seem like this is happening for real. It's uncanny. And of course, Tom Hardy himself, the cursed James Delaney, who you know is a very bad man but you still want him to succeed. Hardy has outdone himself for sure, and hats off to him for always getting better and better, and doing it so easily. You can't take your eyes off the screen watching this. You just can't.

I wonder why there are only 8 episodes in this season. I was expecting something around 20 because this became my new favorite show. Now it looks like there might not even be season 2? If there's a petition to keep this show alive, just tell me where to put my signature. I'll sign with both hands and feet.


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