New BBC1 drama Taboo starring Tom Hardy gets confirmed air date

Lavish BBC1 period drama also stars Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins,and Mark Gatiss

Tom Hardy Taboo

The BBC has confirmed the air date for new drama Taboo, an epic new BBC1 series starring Tom Hardy and overseen by The Martian director Ridley Scott and Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight.


The new eight-part series will begin on Saturday 7 January 2017 on BBC1.

Set in 1814, Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, who is believed to be long dead but returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. Of course, he has a number of enemies to avoid and a death to avenge…

The series features an impressive supporting cast, including Games of Thrones’ Jonathan Pryce alongside Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins and Mark Gatiss.

The drama has been created by Steven Knight along with Hardy and his father, writer Chips Hardy, who is also the show’s consulting producer.

Kristoffer Nyholm and Anders Engström each direct four episodes of the eight-part series, with Ridley Scott acting as one of the executive producers.


Taboo is produced by Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC1. The series will begin on 7 January 2017.