FX, BBC Set “Taboo” Launch For January

FX and BBC One have both set official air dates for “Taboo,” the high-profile period series that stars Tom Hardy and is creation of him, his dad Chips Hardy, and “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight.

The eight-part drama will debut on BBC One in the UK on January 7th followed by a premiere a few days later FX on January 10th. Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy and Knight are executive producers while “The Killing” (Forbrydelsen) helmer Kristoffer Nyholm directs the first four episodes.

Set in 1814, Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, 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 is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself.

But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice. And with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly, Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins, Franka Potente, Jefferson Hall and Mark Gatiss co-star.