It’s been an extremely popular success since it first hit screens in January this year, so it can’t be much surprise to know that ‘Taboo’, starring Tom Hardy in the lead role, has been renewed for a second season on the BBC.

The eight-part series, on which 39 year old Hardy collaborated with his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, in writing, co-stars Oona Chaplin, Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Pryce. It has become a slow-burning success in Britain and in America, where it is broadcast on FX, and fans will be delighted to know that the series is planned for a second instalment in 2018.

Tom HardyTom Hardy attending an American premiere of 'Taboo' in 2017

A period drama set in 1814, ‘Taboo’ depicts Hardy as James Delaney, an adventurer who returns from exploring Africa and who discovers a deep-rooted family conspiracy while trying to avenge his father’s death.

“We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news,” Hardy said in a statement when the green light was given on Wednesday (March 8th).

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“We’re thrilled people want to know what happens next and that the BBC and FX are up for more adventures with the devil Delaney and the league of the damned,” said the show’s executive producer, Sir Ridley Scott, in another statement.

The show’s co-creator Steven Knight, who is also responsible for another significant BBC hit in the shape of ‘Peaky Blinders’, had said shortly after the show’s launch that he was optimistic that it would be renewed.

“We think it has got a two and a three certainly, that's the plan. After that, who knows? This series is eight parts - it's a lot of time,” he said. “Along with our international distributors, Sonar Entertainment, the BBC and FX have been great partners, supporting ‘Taboo’ at every stage so it could be the dark, dirty brute of a drama that it is.”

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