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Tom Hardy’s com­plex char­ac­ter takes on the su­per­pow­ers of the day in a bid to re­build his fam­ily em­pire and re­deem him­self amid the pol­i­tics of 19th cen­tury Bri­tain, writes

Seanna Cronin

thought he heard dead peo­ple singing to him from the river,” he says.

“Then he goes away to Africa, where he was healed, if you like. Those things he had were in­ter­preted not as an ill­ness but pow­ers, and when he comes back he’s much more at ease with him­self.”

De­laney re­turns home af­ter the death of his fa­ther to re­build his fam­ily’s ship­ping em­pire, but both the gov­ern­ment and his big­gest com­peti­tor want his in­her­i­tance at any cost.

“He de­cides to take on the big­gest pow­ers on Earth at that time: the Bri­tish Crown, the East In­dia Com­pany and the fledg­ling United States,” Knight says. “It’s quite a task and he knows it, but he pur­sues it with sin­gle- mind­ed­ness.”

Knight is writ­ing sea­son two of Ta­boo, which has been re­newed by the BBC and Amer­ica’s FX chan­nel.

“The great thing about do­ing TV rather than film is it gives you time to set up a char­ac­ter of a cer­tain sort, and to see if you can bring him around,” he says.

“Ini­tially peo­ple think he’s there for re­venge for his fa­ther but it’s a much big­ger pic­ture than that. He has global am­bi­tions. He’s got a plan and the plan is the thing that pro­pels him.

“It’s an ex­plo­ration of do you take your demons with you or can you es­cape?”

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