Taboo to return for second series in 2018

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 March 2017
Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

'Taboo' has been given the go ahead by bosses to return for a second series next year

'Taboo' will return for a second series next year.

The first instalment of the drama only came to an end last weekend but bosses haven't wasted any time securing a follow up as they announced that Tom Hardy will reprise his role as adventurer James Delaney in the early part of 2018.

Tom said of the news: "We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news."

Executive producer Ridley Scott 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's decision to commission a second series comes after the show's writer Steven Knight revealed he had another content planned for another two series.

He said recently: "We think it has got a two and a three certainly, that's the plan. After that who knows? This series is eight parts - it's a lot of time."

Meanwhile, the future of 'Taboo' may look bright, but Knight's other drama 'Peaky Blinders', which is currently in its fourth series and stars Cillian Murphy and Tom, could be heading towards a finale as he's already come up with the gritty ending.

Knight - who is hoping to pen a movie in the near future - explained: "Never say never, but we feel that [series] five may be the last. We don't know for sure. We will see how we feel about it. 'Peaky...' is one of those things everybody loves, and the response has been so magnificent on both sides of the Atlantic.

"I have got the end in my mind; whether that happens at the end of five is the question. I want it to end when the first air raid siren sounds in Birmingham. It is a story of a family between two world wars.

"It begins in 1919 when they have just come back from the war and the family's journey is towards legitimacy and respectability and to leave their past behind. The big question of the whole series is this: is that possible?"

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