Taboo (2017– )
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Episode #1.1 

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After being presumed dead, James Delaney resurfaces in London seeking revenge for the death of his father and inheriting the family shipping empire, which threatens the ambitions of his half-sister and the East India Company.


Kristoffer Nyholm


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hardy ... James Keziah Delaney
Edward Fox ... Horace Delaney
Martin Wimbush Martin Wimbush ... Funeral Caller
Larrington Walker ... Street Beggar
Oona Chaplin ... Zilpha Geary
Jefferson Hall ... Thorne Geary
Nicholas Woodeson ... Robert Thoyt
Richard Syms ... Priest
Peter Yapp Peter Yapp ... Old Man
Jo Cameron Brown ... Old Lady
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ... Delf
Andrew Greenough ... Mace
Tim Plester ... Passerby 1
Tallulah Haddon ... Pearl (as Tallulah Rose Haddon)
Jonathan Pryce ... Sir Stuart Strange


In 1814 James Delaney returns to London for his father's funeral, stunning the mourners, particularly his half-sister Zilpha Geary and her husband Thorne, who believed he drowned with a slave ship off the African coast. Family solicitor Robert Thoyt informs him that he is the sole heir and whilst his father's servant Brace is pleased to see him brothel madam Helga, who has turned the family offices into a bordello, is not and nor are the Gearys, who hope to buy him off. Most hostile of all are Sir Stuart Strange and the East India Company who dispute James' legacy of land in Canada, claiming it is crucial to England in its war with America. They suggest buying it from him but he refuses, making enemies of them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The scene at the water mill was shot at Mapledurham on the Thames, near Reading. See more »


St. Bartholomew's Hospital has no glass roof mortuary in 1814. See more »


Godfrey: See, when you live alone with a madman, you... You become half mad yourself.
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Taboo Theme
Written by Max Richter
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Taboo: Episode #1.1 (2017) - Review
17 January 2017 | by The-Social-IntrovertSee all my reviews

From the creator of Peaky Blinders and Locke, Taboo concerns James Keziah Delaney, played by Tom Hardy at his creepy-weirdo best, who returns to 1814 London in order to claim a legacy left by his father after a mysterious 10 year absence spend in Africa. He finds himself at odds with the greedy East India Company, who want the land that Delaney has inherited, amid a war between the British and the Americans.

Episode 1 had an enigmatic and eerie atmosphere, personified by the spooky James Delaney who brings with him not only shovels and keys but a mysterious past. The question on all the characters' lips are "Is it true?" in references to numerous, freaky rumours about his activity in Africa. He's a most intriguing character who is shown to be haunted by actions he committed whilst working in the British army and in his time in Africa but is also well informed of the political climate and unwilling to let go of his inheritance. Heads are turned and knives are being sharpened by not only the East India Company but by Delaney's own half sister and her husband, a man who wants the contents of the will for himself. It is also revealed that James and his sister had adulterous relations.

Delaney works fast. Within the first episode he has already made a few enemies for himself and discovered that his father was poisoned into madness. Now he seeks revenge.

Al in all, I found the opener to this series to be very engaging and I'll definitely be continuing the series. Just one thing I want to talk about is the special effects and the cinematography. I thought the CGI was terrific. There's a lot of landscape and background shots of buildings and ships that don't stick out at all and they genuinely look real. They also don't draw attention to themselves; there's no cheap zooming-in of the CGI, which would only serve to distract the viewer and ruin immersion. Shows like Game of Thrones could learn from this.

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