It’s now two years since the first season of Taboo, but there’s still no sign of a follow-up.
Created by Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight with actor Tom Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy, the BBC’s dark period drama series was set in 1814.
Taboo was a hit on BBC One in the UK and on FX in the USA.
It was announced in March 2017 that a second season of 8 one-hour episodes had been commissioned.
Executive producer Ridley Scott commented at the time: “We’re thrilled that 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.”
BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger added: “Taboo is the perfect storm of on-screen and behind-the-camera talent, and there was never any doubting the capacity of Tom and Steve to create an unmissable cinematic drama event for Saturday nights.
“It’s been a thrill to see the audience for Taboo build over time and in such large numbers. In series two, Tom and Steve and the show’s brilliant producers are promising something daring, different but equally unmissable, and I’m delighted that the BBC is partnering with FX once again to roll Taboo out to audiences across the world.”
It’s all been very quiet on the Taboo news front since then, but we’re told that the second season is definitely still happening.
In fact, co-creator Steven Knight has revealed to HuffPost UK that he’s also planning a third season!
The writer teased: “I can feel the three acts. The first was ‘the escape’, the second will be ‘the journey’, and the third will be ‘the arrival’, and that’ll be it.”
Season 1 followed James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed.
Believed to be long dead, he returned home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. However, a dark family mystery soon unfolded, and Delaney found himself encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal.
Tom Hardy and the makers of Taboo are also adapting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for BBC One this Christmas.
The first season of Taboo is available on DVD on Amazon.