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BBC One renews Taboo for second series after huge catch up ratings

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BBC One has announced that a second series of Taboo is in the works following big catch up figures.

While overnight ratings for the show weren't particularly notable, Taboo’s consolidated series average was 5.8 million within 7 days.

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The audience continued to grow after each week and is reaching an average of 7 million after 28 days.

The BBC has also revealed that Taboo has been one of their most successful dramas on iPlayer to date, with episode one achieving the third highest audience ever.

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Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: “Taboo has been a phenomenal success and proves overnight ratings are not the only measure of success, as the series even now continues to grow beyond live viewing.

"Launching in a new Saturday night slot on BBC One provided us with an opportunity to take risks and showcase distinctive drama, and the growing talkability of Taboo has engaged younger audiences, seeing record numbers coming to BBC iPlayer, with the availability of the box set maximising audiences even further.

"A second series can't come soon enough. My thanks to the incredible creative team behind Taboo, from creators Steven Knight, Tom and Chips Hardy, and Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy’s unforgettable performance. As well as our partners FX."

Star of the show - as well as co-creator and executive producer - Tom Hardy added: “We are grateful and excited to continue our relationship with the BBC and FX in contributing towards British drama. Fantastic news.”

Taboo series two will be made up of eight, 60 minute episodes.