First look at Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss in Taboo

Mycroft is making a jump to Tom Hardy’s period drama this weekend

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Mark Gatiss – Sherlock co-creator, writer and the man behind Mycroft’s signature sneer – will be popping up in episode two of Taboo, the BBC’s gritty new drama starring Tom Hardy. Expect he won’t be looking too grubby himself.

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As new pictures released by the Beeb show, Gatiss will be playing the Prince Regent – the future George IV – lounging in what looks like a very lavish palace.

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No, really, that is Gatiss. Granted, he isn’t playing the royal with the same wide-eyed ignorance that Hugh Laurie did in Blackadder, but that really is him ­– albeit with what looks like some heavy prosthetics.

Let’s take a closer look…

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Hopefully we’ll find out just what map he’s holding (possibly of Nootka Sound, the land Tom Hardy’s James Delaney inherits) and exactly how big his role is in episode two.

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Taboo continues on 9.15pm, Saturday, BBC1