Reported by Rebecca Marie-Taylor.
New 8-part series Taboo is bringing back Tom Hardy to once again work with director and screenwriter Steven Knight (Locke). The series, created by Knight and produced by Ridley Scott, is based on a story by Hardy and his father. This isn’t Hardy’s first venture into British television, as he’s recently signed on for the second season of BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders, also created by Knight. Owners of Freeview boxes will be able to access the necessary channels to catch the programs Hardy is featuring in and they may even come equipped with catchup TV apps to help you view the shows after the fact too. Humax Direct (https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/) is a popular brand of this type of product in the UK.
Deadline is reporting that the series will be set in 1813 and that Hardy is to play James Keziah Delaney, a young man going up against the East India Company, which was a force to be reckoned with at the time. Delaney comes back to Britain from Africa with 14 illicit diamonds and a plot to avenge his father’s death. When the East India Company comes after his family business, he rejects their offer to buy them out, and instead sets out to become a rival of the East India Company itself, landing himself in between two of the most powerful nations of the time.
Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker will produce Taboo for BBC One and Sonar Entertainment, who will be handling distribution outside of the UK. Scott, Liza Marshall and Kate Crowe from Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Baker, and Knight will executive produce, while Chips Hardy is consulting producer. Production on the series is set to commence in Britain on January 2015.