The Devil’s Still In The Details
♦ Last year the BBC’s Taboo was a decent-sized hit and so the Tom Hardy vehicle produced by Ridley Scott is coming back for a second season at some point. Radio Times confirmed this this week and here’s a few details…
BBC1’s grimy, gritty drama series Taboo starring Tom Hardy will be back for a second series, the BBC has confirmed.
“We think it has got a two and a three certainly, that’s the plan,” Knight said. “After that who knows? This series is eight parts – it’s a lot of time.”
The series will continue to be broadcast on BBC1 in the UK and FX in the United States. Following news of the recommission, star Tom Hardy said, “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news.”
Steven Knight offered a hint of what was to come by saying that he would be taking James Delaney to the new world, following the series one finale which saw Hardy’s character sail off into the sunset.
“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,” Knight said.
Director Ridley Scott, who was an executive producer for Taboo, added, “We’re thrilled 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.
“Along with our international distributors, Sonar Entertainment, the BBC and FX have been great partners, supporting Taboo at every stage so it could be the dark, dirty brute of a drama that it is.”
The BBC said that the series has earned its recommission in part because of its success on BBC iPlayer, where it has earned a growing audience following its unusual Saturday night slot.
“Launching in a new Saturday night slot on BBC1 provided us with an opportunity to take risks and showcase distinctive drama; and the growing talkability of Taboo has engaged younger audiences seeing record numbers coming to iPlayer, with the availability of the box set maximising audiences even further,” said director of BBC content Charlotte Moore. “A second series can’t come soon enough.”
It is nice to see that such an unusual series is returning to the BBC and British TV. We don’t know when it is being transmitted but as soon as we do, Tripwire will be reporting on it.