Evocative, haunting and edge-of-the-seat drama, the highly buzzed about TV arrives on January 10.
Executive Produced by Ridley Scott, the eight-episode series is created by Peaky Blinders collaborators Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, and Hardy’s father, Chips Hardy.
It takes us back to Britain and Africa in 1814, as the East India Trading Company factors heavily as the villain in James Keziah Delaney’s (Tom Hardy) fractured life.
In the trailer below, Hardy’s Delaney foreshadows the enmity between him and the omnipresent East India Company as he says of them: “I do know the evil that you do because I was once a part of it.”
For those unaware, The East India Company is described by historians as “an anomaly without a parallel in the history of the world….It gradually became a commercial body with gigantic resources, and by the force of unforeseen circumstances assumed the form of a sovereign power.” – Bentley’s Miscellany 43 (1858)
In Taboo, Hardy has created a rich story where his character Delaney was long thought long dead but resurfaces in London from Africa to inherit what’s left of his father’s shipping empire and regain his foothold in England.
However, his deceased father’s legacy is tainted, and he has left his son with powerful enemies.
According to FX’s official synopsis: “James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence.”
Frightening visuals and cryptic conspiracies await viewers as we learn about a dark mystery and family history which Delaney must unfold.
The series boasts an enviable cast. Along with Hardy also appearing are Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly, Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins, Franka Potente, Jefferson Hall, Ed Hogg, Leo Bill, Christopher Fairbank, Richard Dixon, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson, Lucian Msamati, and introducing Robert Parker.
Taboo will premiere on January 10, 2017, on FX, and BBC One.