From the minds of Peaky Blinders (2013-present) the next cinematic underdog on the small screen is Taboo. It is a co-production from BBC America and FX Networks which is written by Tom Hardy and his Father, Chips Hardy. The series is set for a second season likely in 2018. The first season saw the eight-part series, set in 1814, begin with James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after twelve years in Africa following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end.
The first we see of his character it is at his father’s funeral as his mere appearance frightens everyone as he was believed dead after being on a ship that had sunk. During the burial, he murmured strange words as he painted his face with red dust. Delaney comes home not expecting to inherit anything other than what he brings which is rough diamonds he has stashed, his father’s home and the possessions inside.
Delaney would come to find out though his father owned a sound off of the Pacific Ocean, called Nootka Sound. This sound had become immediately valuable because of the trading post it would give the United States or Great Britain after the war against each other in 1812. A company he once worked for has interest and he sets out to meet them. This company being the East India Company. The asking price is below what he would like and asks for a heftier price. The offer is denied and Delaney leaves without selling. As a result, The East India Company plot his murder. At the same time news of who is holding the rights to the land reach the King of England, the United States and others. Delaney must weave himself through multiple dangerous cat and mouse games in order to see if he can keep the monopoly he decides he now wants.
The new season is set to premiere sometime likely in 2018. The production value of the show including set design, props and costumes is great. The cinematography and directing are Oscar-worthy. The actors including Tom Hardy who plays James Keziah Delaney transform themselves into each character amazingly. I cannot recommend this show enough.
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Here is the trailer: