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24th Mar 2023

Tom Hardy series Taboo gets surprise update six years after it aired on BBC

Steve Hopkins

Work is underway

Work has officially begun on season two of Tom Hardy’s Taboo.

Six years after the sleeper-hit, which the star co-created with his dad, Chips Hardy and Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight, producer Dean Baker has confirmed his team is underway on the next season, with the aim of getting in on screens soon.

The series, which starred Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, a mysterious, violent and rebellious character, was released on the BBC in 2017 and was a little divisive. Critics thought it was great, viewers found its dark themes a little hard to grasp.

It is set in the early 19th century and follows Hardy who grumbles, mumbles and hobbles about a smoky, muddy, London, after 12 years in Africa. It also starred Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Jessie Buckley, and Stephen Graham.

During the pandemic, the show was discovered by a new audience when it was released on Netflix.

The show was renewed four years ago, but updates have been scarce.

Hardy’s production partner, Baker, has now cleared things up in an interview with the Radio Times.

He confirmed: “Currently we are working on a second season of Taboo.”

He didn’t dish the dirt on what will happen in the next season, but Hardy has said some wild things previously.

In 2021, he said: “In my head I was thinking, ‘Let’s say they get to America, they get to Canada, fast-forward to 1968, the Tet Offensive, the Vietnam War, look at the CIA, the Viet Cong, the French in Saigon.

“Take the Delaney family tree out in the jungle, and recreate the same family dynamics that were happening in London but with new people, thinking about how history and corruption repeats itself.

“It’s still Taboo, it’s still period, but it’s the Sixties.

“There’s something fun about that.”

Knight has previously said the second season is mostly written, and that the delays are due to scheduling problems.