Taboo (2017– )
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Episode #1.4 

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The plot against Delaney puts Lorna in danger, Delaney enlists help for a scheme of his own, and an invitation to an opulent ball leads to unexpected consequences.


Kristoffer Nyholm


Steven Knight (created by), Tom Hardy (created by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hardy ... James Keziah Delaney
Jessie Buckley ... Lorna Bow
Morgan Walters ... Gaoler
Jason Watkins ... Solomon Coop
Leo Bill ... Wilton
David Hayman ... Brace
Jonathan Pryce ... Sir Stuart Strange
Richard Dixon ... Pettifer
Edward Hogg ... Godfrey
Tom Hollander ... Cholmondeley
Eleanor Hafner ... Bluestocking
Edward Fox ... Horace Delaney
Oona Chaplin ... Zilpha Geary
Jefferson Hall ... Thorne Geary
Brian Nickels Brian Nickels ... Luis


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 his business by any means necessary. With empire and mayhem in mind, James adds depraved chemist Cholmondeley to his company with explosive consequences. Meanwhile, Lorna aims to prove she's anything but a weak link, while buried secrets become a matter of yet more intrigue and violence.

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Tom Hollander was in charge of the East India Trading Company in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise which also starred Johnathon Pryce who is in charge of the East India company in this series See more »


Lorna Bow: Judging by the horror on the faces of the ladies, you are known.
James Keziah Delaney: Yes, and judging by the shame on the face of some of the men, so are you.
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Written by Max Richter
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This is how you hook a viewer into a show.
28 December 2018 | by gplusrSee all my reviews

People need to remind themselves that besides anything related to history in this show there's art and there's fiction first, and this episode certainly delivered it the way it should be. It's something rare to watch an episode that really gets you hooked into the story, but this one does.

Before this episode I was a little bit confused to where the show was going, but the picture starts to get a little bit clearer as this episode ends, Delaney has no friends, very few people he can truly count on as allies, but the man has no friends and the only thing keep him alive is himself and a multitude of deals he made with his enemies.

Despite being in trouble many times since the first episode, Delaney seems to always have things under control and manages to always be one step ahead of everyone, which is very unique compared to other shows on TV and their protagonists, a somewhat different way to approach the storyline and keeping it interesting.

I don't know if this is going to be the only review I make of this show and my opinion might even change as I finish the season, but this one right here so far is a winner, one of the last good stories TV has to offer these days.

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31 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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