Episode 4
Season 1, Episode 4
Air date Jan 28, 2017 (BBC One)
Jan 31, 2017 (FX)
Written by Steven Knight
and Emily Ballou
Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm
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Episode 4 is the fourth of eight episodes of the first season of Taboo, a period drama miniseries originally aired on January 28th, 2017 on BBC One, and January 31st, 2017 on FX.

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The Crown makes a devious move against James Delaney, while the Company has its own reasons for frustrating the plot. As London begins closing its doors to him, James sets out to protect his business by any means necessary. With empire and mayhem in mind, James adds depraved chemist Cholmondeley to his company with explosive consequences. Meanwhile, Lorna aims to prove she's anything but a weak link, while buried secrets become a matter of yet more intrigue and violence.[1]

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  • The Duke of Richmond is portrayed as grotesque and depraved. The actual Duke of Richmond in 1814 was 50-year-old Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke in the current line. He was handsome (by contemporary as well as modern standards), very athletic (he excelled at cricket, tennis, and racket-ball), and apparently happily married to Charlotte Gordon, with whom he had 14 children - 7 daughters and 7 sons. In the setting of Taboo, the Duke was quite likely not even in London - at some point during 1814 he moved his family to Brussels (as he was serving in the war against Napoleon), where they stayed until 1818 when he was appointed Governor-General of British North America. [2]
  • The actresses are heckled during Act 1 scene 2 of "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare.


  1. BBC One - Taboo Episode 2
  2. Taboo on