Last week I had the rather delightful experience of delving into a dark and macabre BBC drama entitled, Taboo.
I knew I’d be onto a winner as it involved collaboration between “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight, Ridley Scott of “Alien – Blade Runner – Gladiator – and a shedload of other hits” fame, and Tom Hardy (in the title role), to name a few.
Here’s the scenario:
It’s 1814. James Keziah Delaney is 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’s left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice. Enemies – especially among the “all-knowing & all-powerful” East India Company – lurk in every shadow and under every rock.
A man with ungodly, terrible secrets, Delaney is forced to navigate increasingly complex waters to avoid a death that just about everyone seems to lust after. Why?
Ah, that begins to emerge in this sinister, brooding, slow burning and gritty drama that shows you the depths some will plunge to in order to protect their interests.
Often brutal, sometimes poignant and always gritty, Taboo is utterly original, packed with a stellar cast who blend together perfectly, and the perfect murder mystery to watch...so long as you’re not easily shocked.
As Oliver Twist might say: “Please sir, can I have some more?”