Taboo (2017– )
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Delaney receives medical help from an unexpected source, before outwitting the East India Company, which turns its attentions to Delaney's new ally, Lorna.


Kristoffer Nyholm


Steven Knight (created by), Tom Hardy (created by) | 2 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donovan Louie Donovan Louie ... The Malay
Evelyn Van Marle Evelyn Van Marle ... Mudlark Girl
Alfie Mackay Alfie Mackay ... Mudlark Boy
Ruby-May Martinwood Ruby-May Martinwood ... Winter
Lewin Lloyd Lewin Lloyd ... Temple
Tom Hardy ... James Keziah Delaney
Michael Kelly ... Dumbarton
Jason Watkins ... Solomon Coop
Mark Gatiss ... Prince Regent
David Hayman ... Brace
Stephen Graham ... Atticus
Danny Ligairi ... Martinez
Fiona Skinner ... Brighton
Scroobius Pip ... French Bill
Ben Moor ... Thoyt's Assistant


James is rescued from an attack on his life by Dr Dumbarton, to whom he repeats his request for an audience with Thomas Jefferson to sanction his claim to Nootka Sound, so that he can use it for a trading base with the Chinese. He also foils Strange by presenting him with a will bequeathing the land to the American Government, forcing the East India Company to keep him alive. He writes to Zilpha, offering her a half share in the inheritance but she is unresponsive Lorna persists in her claim to Nootka through her marriage to James' father. Thorne pays James a cryptic visit, demonstrating his power over Zilpha. Delaney saves Lorna from being molested by the Duke of Richmond. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Duke of Richmond is portrayed as grotesque and depraved. The actual Duke of Richmond in 1814 was 50-year-old Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke in the current line. He was handsome (by contemporary as well as modern standards), very athletic (he excelled at cricket, tennis and racket-ball), and apparently happily married to Charlotte Gordon, with whom he had 14 children - 7 daughters and 7 sons. In the setting of Taboo, the Duke was quite likely not even in London - at some point during 1814 he moved his family to Brussels (as he was serving in the war against Napoleon), where they stayed until 1818, when he was appointed Governor-General of British North America. See more »


When Delaney is being "sewed up" by the American doctor/spy, he asks that his request be communication to President Jefferson. The show is set during the War of 1812 (1812-14). Jefferson, however, left office in 1809; James Madison was President at the time. See more »


James Keziah Delaney: My servant wants to shoot you in the face.
Lorna Bow: Your servant is now half mine.
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Written by Max Richter
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It's Getting Darker & Better
23 January 2017 | by ahmad_nadalSee all my reviews

Do you know how to tolerate pain ? No you don't, James Delaney Do. Believe me you will know how exactly a psychopath is with Tom Hardy in this show. You will have an unforgettable experience of madness and illusion. By watching this show you are not watching a good drama as much as you are watching a great madness, something like The Joker but with visual illusion to us and without words, all of this was showed in this episode perfectly and the credit to all of that in my opinion is for the incredible Kristoffer Nyholm.

I enjoyed every thing from the acting and the directing to the decor and the soundtrack, every thing was simply perfect, it's a show that deserves my time.

I only hope for it to keep it up and wouldn't mind at all for some more.

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