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Episode 2
Season 1, Episode 2
Air date Jan 14, 2017 (BBC One)
Jan 17, 2017 (FX)
Written by Steven Knight
Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm
Episode Guide
Episode 1
Episode 3

Episode 2 is the second of eight episodes of the first season of Taboo. It premiered on January 14th, 2017 on BBC One, and January 17th, 2017 on FX.


Having made his shock entrance into London society, James Delaney sets about reclaiming his legacy and establishing a new life for himself. While the city views him with hostility and suspicion, James begins to enlist allies in unlikely places and with irregular loyalties. At the reading of his father's will, an unexpected arrival threatens to disrupt his plans, and it is not long before the poisonous nature of his new-found inheritance is finally revealed. Not only must he face down two of the mightiest powers in London, but there are equally complicated matters much closer to home. And then there is his past, which will not be denied.[1]



Guest Starring[]


  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Abraham Appleby
  • Philip Philmar as Auctioneer
  • Daniel Tuite as Palace Servant
  • Dudley Rogers as Old Man
  • David Houston as Ship's Captain
  • Sophie Ablett as Nurse
  • Alex Ferns as Hall
  • Robert Morgan as Gent
  • Donovan Louie as The Malay
  • James Greaves as Strange's Clerk
  • Gareth Snook as Compere
  • The Hanover Band as Concert Musicians
  • Jason Grangier as Boat Salesman
  • Sophie Karl as Featured pheasant handler
  • Martyn Mayger as Passerby





  • Delaney speaks of the "Fifteen States" and is not contradicted by the American to whom the remark is addressed. This should then be after the accession of Kentucky as the fifteenth State in 1792 and before Tennessee became the sixteenth in 1796. Yet the presence of the Prince Regent means the series cannot be set before he assumed that title in 1811. [2]


  • At the 33:18, James walks through the shot with his trench coat looking authentically soiled and in the next shot, at 33:22, his trench coat appears to have been dry cleaned.[2]

Factual errors

  • The show takes place in 1814 and there are doorknobs on the doors. However, the doorknob was not invented until 1878, 64 years later.[2]