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Tom Hardy’s ‘Taboo’ Renewed for Season 2 at FX

Period drama will return for eight more episodes

FX and BBC One have renewed the Tom Hardy drama “Taboo” for a second season, the networks announced on Wednesday.

The period drama, which was originally conceived by Hardy and his father Chips, has been given an eight-episode second season at the two networks.

“‘Taboo”s first season was exceptional and its success on FX is testament to the creative excellence and dedication of the producers, cast and crew,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “We are proud to again join BBC One and Sonar Entertainment in partnering with Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker on the second season and look forward to working again with the great Tom Hardy, Steven Knight, Ridley Scott, Chips Hardy and everyone who makes ‘Taboo’ so remarkable.”

“We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news,” added Hardy.

“I’m thrilled that a work which pushes boundaries has been so well received and found such a large and enthusiastic audience in the U.S. and Britain,” said co-creator Steven Knight. “We have tried to take an impressionistic, rather than figurative, approach to a narrative which we hope more accurately portrays the spirit of an extraordinary time in history. James Delaney will continue to explore many realities as he takes his band of misfits to a new world, thanks to FX and the BBC, partners who could not be more suited to collaborating in ground breaking work.”

The first season of “Taboo” follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a man believed to be long dead, who returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself.

Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe executive produce for Scott Free, alongside Hardy and Dean Baker of Hardy Son & Baker, and co-creator Knight. “Taboo” is a joint production for FX and BBC One, with Sonar Entertainment distributing worldwide outside the UK.