BBC One – Saturday 28th January 2017 – 9.15pm
Created by: Tom Hardy, Edward “Chips” Hardy, Steven Knight
Written by: Steven Knight and Emily Ballou
Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm
THE JOINT IN THE SEE-SAW
“Delaney is turning London into his own private bear pit!”
Just when I didn’t think Taboo could bring any more grit and gore to primetime Saturday night television, the BBC’s decency-touting new mini-series descended to shocking new lows (or highs, depending on your tolerance for the controversial) in its fourth week: there’s rapey jail cell harassment from figures of authority, throat slittings, prostitutes give blow jobs, doctor’s lick cow shit, brothers use voodoo to have intercourse with their half-sisters from afar… and in an eye-poppingly visceral visual, intestines spill from a eviscerated stomach after a long-winded slug-fest turns bloody.