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James Delaney has returned home for his father’s funeral, damaged and haunted, after ten mysterious years in Africa. Rumours of his hunt for diamonds that plunged him into hell, and of acts so unnatural even James’s enemies loath to believe them.

As heir to the old man’s trading interests, James is eager to claim the inheritance owed him despite the lengths to which his competitors are willing to go to wrestle it away. But James is just as ruthless, and tormented. He has not returned from Africa alone. Darkness has followed, and whatever is haunting James is ushering him into new beginning—one secretive, depraved and inexorably taboo.

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Taboo stars Tom Hardy and was created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) with Hardy and his father Chips Hardy. Ridley Scott is an executive producer. The series is the third collaboration between Knight and Hardy who have previously worked together on Peaky Blinders and Locke.

Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father's legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence.

Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

In addition to Tom Hardy, Taboo’s star-studded cast also includes Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), Jason Watkins (W1A), Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity), Jefferson Hall (Vikings) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).

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