- Tom Hardy cutting through the streets of London in stovepipe hat and billowing greatcoat.
- Jonathan Pryce tapping his cane ominously in the East India Company board room.
- The Machiavellian Solomon Coop (Jason Watkins) has a great catchphrase: "Always assume I know".
- Gout ridden Prince Regent (heavily padded Mark Gatiss) surrounded by stuffed zebra and legless giraffe.
- Atticus's (Stephen Graham - remember Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire"?) compass rose skull tattoo
- The always-good-value David Hayman (in any scene).
- Michael Kelly (Doug Stamper from "House Of Cards").
- The intriguing relationship between Delaney and his school chum/EIC spy
- Chemistry lessons with manure-munching Mr Cholmondeley (Tom Hollander; he played the slimy Lance in "The Night Manager").
- Delaney's constant companion, his mini-scythe - it slices, dices, slashed - the perfect kitchen tool.
- Amazing night photography.
- Street scenes - looks like a movie budget
- Lush musical score.
Friday, 20 January 2017
The best bits of "Taboo" (BBC/FX)
BBC's new historical drama is full of fun, if you can get past the mumbling and murky plotting. Steven ("Peaky Blinders") Knight turns his attention to Regency England.