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Taboo S2 Will Start Filming Later This Year, Says Creator Steven Knight

Another serving of the historical period drama starring Tom Hardy is on its way.

by Kayla Hawkins and Sophie McEvoy

During the height of Peaky Blinders, series creator Steven Knight and star Tom Hardy somehow found the time to collaborate and co-create another period drama, Taboo. Set in 19th-century London, the series saw Hardy play James Keziah Delany, who returns from Africa with stolen diamonds in tow to claim the inheritance of his recently-deceased father. The historical crime drama gained praise from viewers and critics alike after airing on BBC One in the UK and FX in the U.S. While it came as no shock when a second series was commissioned in March 2017, many fans have been wondering whether Taboo will actually return for season two.

During a recent appearance at the Creatives Cities Convention in Birmingham, Knight predicted that production on Taboo will start “towards the end of the year”. He told Broadcast that he and Hardy “are both keen to continue,” acknowledging “there are lots of people who want us to continue in that direction.”

As for the delay in production, it’s been a “question of schedules and deciding where it goes next,” Knight said, not to mention the limitations brought by several lockdowns. So if filming is set to start later this year or in early 2023, which Knight seemed to be settled on as mentioned during an interview with Collider, Taboo season two will likely premiere sometime in 2024.

Tom Hardy and Steven Knight.Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Last year, Hardy described Taboo as being “really important” to him, seeing as his dad Chip Hardy is also a co-creator alongside Knight. The actor said it’s “taken a lot of thinking” creating the second season, telling Esquire that he “really enjoyed the first one” and wants “to be really fulfilled by the second one.” As for what you can expect, Hardy teased that it “could go linear, a continuation of time, or we could drop prior to London or we could quantum-leap through time!”

Whatever the case, Hardy continued, “it’s still Taboo, it’s still period, but it’s the ‘60s. There’s something fun about that.”

This article was originally published on Feb. 28, 2017