Let’s not quibble, the BBC often dish up some ok TV, since 1920 to be exact the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation and largest in the world by number of employees, on the odd occasion produce absolute masterpieces. You will recognise some of the below classics, some you love and others you won’t but they mostly stand the test of time, Blackadder (1983-1989), Doctor Who (1963-present), Fawlty Towers (1975 & 1979), The Office (2001-2003), Sherlock (2010-present), The Young Ones (1982-84), Life on Earth (1979), from Baldrick’s Cappuccino, Basil Fawlty’s harassment of his hapless Spaniard Manuel, Benedict Cumberbatch and his super sleuth Sherlock, Rick Mayall and Sir David Attenborough to name just a few. “TABOO” is all together very different from the BBC previous TV drama’s and that’s what makes it originally refreshing and surprising.
Tom Hardy touted as the next James Bond is possibly one reason why the new show stands out, even though he is listed as a main producer and writer but it’s more than just a one man show, Ridley Scott and his Scott Free London production company and the stylish, dark, foreboding Cinematography by Mark Patten have also a lot to offer the viewer, this is all topped off by some outstanding performances from many well know talented British cast members Mark Gatiss – Sherlock, Stephen Graham – This is England, David Hayman – Rob Roy, Jonathan Pryce – Game of Thrones & Pirates of the Caribbean. One other element that totally deserves a mention is the fanatic score by Max Richter who has created numerous film and television soundtracks over the years, composing the score to Ari Folman‘s Golden Globe-winning film Waltz with Bashir in 2007 substituting the usual orchestral soundtrack with a synth-based score which won him the European Film Award for Best Composer. Taboo is an eight-part series within a backdrop of 1814, James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to Britain after twelve years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds, following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end this incredibly compelling story begins.
This my first Rear View review is most certainly no Taboo, this BBC gem is edgy dark and compelling with more mystery and intrigue than Sherlocks Diary, though don’t just take my word for it see for yourself, though you may need a glass of something strong to help you through it.
Saturday 9.00pm BBC1