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He”ll be tackling The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin
For many, 2016 to be a terrible year: numerous celebrity deaths, the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory.
However, on New Year’s Eve, there was one last shining moment that brought joy to thousands around the world: Tom Hardy appearing on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
Despite playing villainous characters such as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, both Kray twins in Legend, and John Fitzgerald in The Revenant, Hardy proved a hit with children and mothers alike.
Unsurprisingly, the actor is coming back to the children’s BBC channel once more, this time reading The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin alongside his dog, Woody. Appropriately, the episode will air on Valentines Day.
His last appearance on the show caused Twitter to meltdown, with social media users writing: “Not gonna lie, I’m nearly 30 and yet have just sat (with my parents) through and thoroughly enjoyed the CBeebies bedtime story with Tom Hardy.”
Another noted: “On behalf of all mums out there… can I thank CBeebies for the Tom Hardy story reading tonight.”
Having only appeared in Peaky Blinders and The Revenant in 2016 (released 2015 in the US, 216 in the UK), Hardy has had a relatively quiet year. However, already this year, the actor has appeared in Taboo – which he co-created with his father and Steven Knight – and will star in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
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The actor created the new BBC miniseries with his father Chips and ‘Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight
Tom Hardy has reportedly lost nearly £2 million from making his new BBC miniseries, Taboo.
Hardy’s new eight-part period drama, which follows the mysterious James Delaney’s (played by Hardy) return to London after many years in Africa to claim his father’s inheritance, was co-created by the actor’s father Chips and Peaky Blinder creator Steven Knight. It premiered in the UK on the BBC on January 7, and will run weekly on Saturday nights until February.
It has today been reported, however, that the company that Hardy founded – Taboo Productions Ltd – to handle the finances of making Taboo has recently reported a big loss. Accounts show that £10.4 million was spent on making Taboo, but its income only reached £8.4 million – an anonymous source told The Sun that “these new figures will make stark reading for Tom. No matter who you are or how much money you’re worth, £2 million is a lot of money to simply throw away.”
The source also said that Hardy hopes to reclaim some of the loss on future sales of DVDs and downloads, as well as syndication rights. Taboo currently airs in the US on FX, and has been sold around the world in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Russia.
Despite the financial losses, Taboo has been generally well-received by critics and audiences since its premiere, pulling in over 4 million viewers on the BBC for its January 14 episode.
Created by Steven Knight with Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, the drama series Taboo is set in 1814 and follows James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), a man believed to be long dead. After returning home to London from Africa to inherit what’s left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself, he quickly learns just how poisoned his father’s legacy is, as he discovers enemies lurking everywhere. With conspiracy, murder and betrayal all around him, he must unravel a dark family mystery and hope to survive it.
While at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, Collider got the opportunity to speak with actor/series executive producer Tom Hardy, both during a 1-on-1 interview and after the show’s panel. Hardy talked about how this evolved from an idea for a character into a full-blown TV series, what he finds fascinating about James Delaney, how he approaches his characters, the complex relationship with Delaney’s half-sister, being aware of what was going on, every step of the way, and how he loves all mediums and genres. Be aware that there are some spoilers.
Question: When you came up with the idea for this character, and then you went to you dad with it and said that you wanted him to write this, did you think he would just say, “Sure, son, let me get right on that!”?