FX Boards BBC One’s Tom Hardy Fronted Period Drama ‘Taboo’

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Tom HardyFX is set to air BBC One’s Taboo in the US.

The cable network has snapped up the US rights to the eight episode period drama, which stars Tom Hardy and hails from Ridley Scott and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, TVWise has learned.

Penned by Knight, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.

The series, which received a green-light at BBC One back in April, is based on an original story by Tom Hardy & his father Chips Hardy, and is being produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker. The executive producers are Ridley Scott, Kate Crowe, Tom Hardy, Dean Baker, Steven Knight and Gene Stein. Production is slated to begin in mid-late 2015 for a 2016 premiere on BBC One in the UK and FX in the US.

“We are privileged to have landed Taboo and to work with this exceptional team led by Ridley, Tom and Steven,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Tom’s passion for this project, from conceiving the original idea with his father to portraying James Delaney, promises to infuse this epic story with great personal passion and credibility.”

While Tom Hardy added: “Taboo is the first major production our company, Hardy Son & Baker, is setting sail on, and it gives me great pleasure to know that we are in partnership with FX and the BBC. I believe with the high standard of creative talent – with Steve Knight and Ridley Scott at the helm – and with the support and backing of these two great broadcasters, we have found the perfect home and team for Taboo.”