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Episode 5
Season 1, Episode 5
Air date Feb 4, 2017 (BBC One)
Feb 7, 2017 (FX)
Written by Steven Knight
& Ben Hervey
Directed by Anders Engström
Episode Guide
Episode 4
Episode 6

Episode 5 is the fifth of eight episodes of the first season of Taboo, a period drama miniseries originally aired on February 4th, 2017 on BBC One, and February 7th, 2017 on FX.


After a duel at dawn takes a surprising turn, James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission that finds him in a deadly race against time. Elsewhere, Thorne's jealousy intensifies into a vicious and spiritual realm, while animosity between the Crown and the Company escalates to a new level.[1]



Guest Starring[]


  • Lucian Msamati as George Chichester
  • Louis Serkis as Robert
  • Tallulah Rose Haddon as Pearl
  • Lewis Lloyd as Temple
  • Oliver Powell as Hope
  • Gabrielle Downey as Gypsy Woman
  • Anton Alexander as Code Duello
  • Richard Teverson as Doctor
  • Barney White as EIC Soldier
  • Frederick Schmidt as Pursuer
  • Jordan Long as Walsall
  • James Greaves as Strange's Clerk
  • Nick Harris as EIC Spy
  • Jak Ford-Lane as Junior Clerk
  • Daniel Tuite as Palace Servant
  • Albert Welling as Count Musgrove
  • Raj Ghatak as Musgrove's Servant
  • Matthew Marsh as Exorcist




  • When Cholmondeley is stirring the cauldron he quotes Falstaff in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" Part 1, Act 3, Scene 3.
  • The exorcist said that Zilpha was possessed by a "Barbason." The name of a demon or fiend mentioned by Shakespeare alongside Lucifer and Amaimon in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."