Taboo (2017– )
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Episode #1.2 

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Despite Delaney's return to London setting tongues wagging, he enlists allies in his quest to reclaim his legacy, while an unexpected arrival at the reading of the will disrupts his plans and reveals the nature of his inheritance.


Kristoffer Nyholm


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dixon ... Pettifer
Jonathan Pryce ... Sir Stuart Strange
Tom Hardy ... James Keziah Delaney
David Hayman ... Brace
Philip Philmar ... Auctioneer
Leo Bill ... Wilton
Stephen Graham ... Atticus
Jason Watkins ... Solomon Coop
Daniel Tuite ... Palace Servant
Mark Gatiss ... Prince Regent
Ruby-May Martinwood Ruby-May Martinwood ... Winter
Dudley Rogers Dudley Rogers ... Old Man
Franka Potente ... Helga
David Houston David Houston ... Ship's Captain
Sophie Ablett ... Nurse


Strange orders James' death but James himself sets about re-establishing his father's trading company, approaching smuggler Atticus and his gang and escaping an attempt on his life, allegedly ordered by Helga, which she denies. Recalling the last moments of the sinking slave ship he seeks out the American Dr Dumbarton to arrange a meeting with the American president but is refused. He visits Mr Thoyt, who warns him about the East India's influence, to hear the public reading of his father Horace's will, paying off all his father's debts. A shock is in store in the arrival of actress Lorna Bow, who claims to have married Horace and there is another shock when he foils another would-be killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Episode ends to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "The Pastoral": IV. Allegro See more »


Delaney speaks of the "Fifteen States" and is not contradicted by the American to whom the remark is addressed. This should then be after the accession of Kentucky as the fifteenth State in 1792 and before Tennessee became the sixteenth in 1796. Yet the presence of the Prince Regent means the series cannot be set before he assumed that title in 1811. See more »


Helga: People are saying you're mad.
James Keziah Delaney: I am.
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': IV. Allegro
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra and Josef Krips
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Gripping Follow-up to the Premier
18 January 2017 | by lediscipledessocratesSee all my reviews

Shot in the same pace as the first episode , 1.2 , is actually very impressive. The show set the tone for 2017 with what looks like a good story-line and good performances by the entire cast. This episode lends credibility to that thought.

The art direction is very decent so is the detailing in some shots. The background score does not distract and is quite ambient.

Again , the actors's performance steal the show. Hardy, Price and Chaplin play out the roles convincingly, even when the dialogue is not very tight.

All in all a great continuation. And we have good reason to say this , for contemporaneously was released "The Final Problem" which was actually a spoof on itself.

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