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Series 1 - Episode 2
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The Regency London we drift through in
is seductively strange. At one extreme, it’s a place of grim alleys and dockside brothels, all gloom and muck; at the other, we see the gorgeous candlelit library where our protagonist James Delaney (Tom Hardy) meets his beloved – maybe a little too beloved – sister.
That’s one storyline bubbling away and others simmer nicely. As the Prince Regent, Mark Gatiss (unrecognisable under layers of padding) delivers a tart cameo, upstaging a stuffed zebra in his chambers.
He is one of several new characters, including Stephen Graham as an underworld fixer called Atticus – the first person we’ve seen hold his own against the menacing aura that Delaney wears like strong aftershave.
The latter continues his shady manoeuvres against the all-powerful East India Company but the plot doesn’t stride onwards. Rather, it thickens and coagulates and teases us via some terrific scenes – at a ship auction, a chamber concert, a gathering of creditors. Wherever all this is taking us, it’s impossible to look away.
James Delaney's shocking return to London society has set tongues wagging, but the swarthy adventurer's mission is far from complete. The city's residents view him with hostility and suspicion, but undeterred by their derision, James begins to enlist allies in his quest to reclaim his legacy and establish a new life for himself. However, an unexpected arrival at the reading of his father's will threatens to disrupt James's plans, and the true, poisonous nature of his new-found inheritance makes itself known. Historical drama, starring Tom Hardy.
Cast & Crew
James Keziah Delaney
Sir Stuart Strange
The Hanover Band
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