Tom Hardy Drama 'Taboo' Gets Second Season From FX, BBC

The dark 8-part period drama comes by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker.
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Taboo, the dark, historical Tom Hardy vehicle that recently aired on FX and the BBC, is getting a second series.

The news was announced Wednesday, with FX and the BBC again teaming up with producers Scott Free London and Hardy's own Hardy Son & Baker banner. 

The new season of the series – which was created by Steven Knight, Hardy and Hardy's father Chips Hardy – will consist of eight hour-long episodes. The first outing was set in 1817 and saw Hardy's James Keziah Delaney, a man thought long dead, return to London from Africa to inherit what was left of a shipping empire, but find himself navigating increasingly complex territories in order to survive.

"We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama," said Hardy. "Fantastic news."

Added executive producer Scott: "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."

The BBC said the show was one of its most successful dramas on its [VOD service] iPlayer, and had "been a huge hit with younger audiences."

Steven Knight, creator and executive producer, said: “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. 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.”