BBC One / FX announce second series of Tom Hardy drama, Taboo

Taboo S2 promises to be “something daring, different but equally unmissable.”

BBC One and FX have recommissioned a new eight-part, second series of hit drama, Taboo starring Tom Hardy.

Created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) with Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, set in 1814, Taboo, follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed.

Series one has been a huge success for BBC One on Saturday nights, but has also become the most successful dramas ever on BBC iPlayer and has been a huge hit with younger audiences, with a consolidated series average was 5.8 million within 7 days and an average of 7 million after 28 days.

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, says: “Taboo is the perfect storm of on-screen and behind-the-camera talent, and there was never any doubting the capacity of Tom and Steve to create an unmissable cinematic drama event for Saturday nights. It’s been a thrill to see the audience for Taboo build over time and in such large numbers. In series two, Tom and Steve and the show’s brilliant producers are promising something daring, different but equally unmissable, and I’m delighted that the BBC is partnering with FX once again to roll Taboo out to audiences across the world.”

Tom Hardy, Creator and Executive Producer, says: “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news.”

Steven Knight, creator and executive producer, says: “I’m thrilled that a work which pushes boundaries has been so well received and found such a large and enthusiastic audience in the US 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.”

Ridley Scott, executive producer, says “We’re thrilled that 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.”

Taboo is produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK.