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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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Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 10:00am

Episode 1 | Series 1

It is 1814 and James Delaney reappears in London, a changed and haunted man, presumed dead in Africa many years before. His return finds his father dead and a country at war with France…

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 11:00am

Episode 2 | Series 1

Having made his shock entrance into London society, James Delaney sets about reclaiming his legacy and establishing a new life for himself. While the city views him with hostility and…

Episode 3, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 12:00pm

Episode 3 | Series 1

James Delaney finds himself alone with the mysterious Dr Dumbarton, discovering an unlikely new ally. With enemies lurking in every corner,

Episode 4, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 1:00pm

Episode 4 | Series 1

The Crown makes a devious move against James Delaney, while the Company has its own reasons for frustrating the plot. As London begins closing its doors to him, James sets out to protect…

Episode 5, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 2:00pm

Episode 5 | Series 1

After a duel at dawn takes a surprising turn, James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission that finds him in a deadly race against time

Episode 6, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 3:00pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

As James Delaney's trading plans start to unravel, a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places, both real and emotional.

Episode 7, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 4:00pm

Episode 7 | Series 1

James Delaney has seemingly lost everything but, when he suffers a devastating betrayal, he realises even his freedom is in jeopardy.

Episode 8, Series 1

Thursday December 14 at 5:00pm

Episode 8 | Series 1

It is the time of final reckoning. James Delaney confronts Sir Stuart Strange of the East India Company with the cold, hard truth.

Episode 1, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 12:15am

Episode 1 | Series 1

It is 1814 and James Delaney reappears in London, a changed and haunted man, presumed dead in Africa many years before. His return finds his father dead and a country at war with France…

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 1:15am

Episode 2 | Series 1

Having made his shock entrance into London society, James Delaney sets about reclaiming his legacy and establishing a new life for himself. While the city views him with hostility and…

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 2:20am

Episode 3 | Series 1

James Delaney finds himself alone with the mysterious Dr Dumbarton, discovering an unlikely new ally. With enemies lurking in every corner,

Episode 4, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 3:20am

Episode 4 | Series 1

The Crown makes a devious move against James Delaney, while the Company has its own reasons for frustrating the plot. As London begins closing its doors to him, James sets out to protect…

Episode 5, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 4:25am

Episode 5 | Series 1

After a duel at dawn takes a surprising turn, James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission that finds him in a deadly race against time

Episode 6, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 5:30am

Episode 6 | Series 1

As James Delaney's trading plans start to unravel, a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places, both real and emotional.

Episode 7, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 6:30am

Episode 7 | Series 1

James Delaney has seemingly lost everything but, when he suffers a devastating betrayal, he realises even his freedom is in jeopardy.

Episode 8, Series 1

Friday December 15 at 7:25am

Episode 8 | Series 1

It is the time of final reckoning. James Delaney confronts Sir Stuart Strange of the East India Company with the cold, hard truth.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday December 17 at 7:25pm

Episode 5 | Series 1

After a duel at dawn takes a surprising turn, James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission that finds him in a deadly race against time

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday December 18 at 9:35pm

Episode 6 | Series 1

As James Delaney's trading plans start to unravel, a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places, both real and emotional.

Episode 6, Series 1

Tuesday December 19 at 12:15am

Episode 6 | Series 1

As James Delaney's trading plans start to unravel, a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places, both real and emotional.

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday December 24 at 11:40pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

It is 1814 and James Delaney reappears in London, a changed and haunted man, presumed dead in Africa many years before. His return finds his father dead and a country at war with France…

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 12:40am

Episode 2 | Series 1

Having made his shock entrance into London society, James Delaney sets about reclaiming his legacy and establishing a new life for himself. While the city views him with hostility and…

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 1:45am

Episode 3 | Series 1

James Delaney finds himself alone with the mysterious Dr Dumbarton, discovering an unlikely new ally. With enemies lurking in every corner,

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 2:50am

Episode 4 | Series 1

The Crown makes a devious move against James Delaney, while the Company has its own reasons for frustrating the plot. As London begins closing its doors to him, James sets out to protect…

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 3:55am

Episode 5 | Series 1

After a duel at dawn takes a surprising turn, James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission that finds him in a deadly race against time

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 5:00am

Episode 6 | Series 1

As James Delaney's trading plans start to unravel, a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places, both real and emotional.

Episode 7, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 6:05am

Episode 7 | Series 1

James Delaney has seemingly lost everything but, when he suffers a devastating betrayal, he realises even his freedom is in jeopardy.

Episode 8, Series 1

Tuesday December 26 at 3:00am

Episode 8 | Series 1

It is the time of final reckoning. James Delaney confronts Sir Stuart Strange of the East India Company with the cold, hard truth.

Episode 1, Series 1

Monday January 1 at 8:15am

Episode 1 | Series 1

It is 1814 and James Delaney reappears in London, a changed and haunted man, presumed dead in Africa many years before. His return finds his father dead and a country at war with France…

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday January 1 at 9:20am

Episode 2 | Series 1

Having made his shock entrance into London society, James Delaney sets about reclaiming his legacy and establishing a new life for himself. While the city views him with hostility and…

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday January 1 at 10:25am

Episode 3 | Series 1

James Delaney finds himself alone with the mysterious Dr Dumbarton, discovering an unlikely new ally. With enemies lurking in every corner,

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