Taboo co-creator Steven Knight has given an update on season two of the Tom Hardy show, saying most of the script has been written.


The BBC/FX series, which the Peaky Blinders writer created alongside star Hardy and his father Chips Hardy, had originally been renewed four years ago, however, there have been very few updates since.

Speaking in a recent interview with Collider, Knight confirmed that:

“Six of the eight episodes are written, we are trying to get stars aligned so that we can get our star [Hardy] back on set.”

“He’s busier than me.”

Taboo is set in 1814 and follows Hardy’s character James Delaney as he returns from a 12-year stint in Africa with stolen diamonds, which comes following his father’s death as the war with the United States draws to its end.

Back in August, Hardy discussed his thoughts for season two, telling Esquire:

“The second season of Taboo is really, really important to me, and it’s taken a lot of thinking because I really enjoyed the first one and I want to be really fulfilled by the second one.

“We’re still playing with ideas: you could go linear, a continuation of time, or we could drop prior to London, or we could quantum-leap through time! I don’t know whether to go orthodox – there’s a series of that already written – but I don’t know if that’s the right way to go.”

“In my head, I was thinking, ‘Let’s say they get to America, they get to Canada, fast-forward to 1968, the Tet Offensive, the Vietnam War, look at the CIA, the Viet Cong, the French in Saigon….

“Take the Delaney family tree out in the jungle, and recreate the same family dynamics that were happening in London but with new people, thinking about how history and corruption repeats itself. It’s still Taboo, it’s still period, but it’s the Sixties. There’s something fun about that.”

“Or do we go back to the 1800s? The Napoleonic Wars? The American War of Independence?’ But nothing’s crossed my heart and mind and desk where I’ve gone ‘That’s it!’ so I’m hanging fire.”


We’ll bring you more updates when we hear them. You can binge the first season of Taboo right now on the BBC iPlayer and Hulu.

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