I had a conversation about nine years ago with my father about a character I’d really like to play. Is he suffering from post-traumatic stress and how does it manifest itself when you don’t have psychoanalysis? Delaney is approached by a total stranger who tells him his father begot a son that he raised and now he expects a financial reward. Back in the day there were bastards born all the time. When Delaney meets with the staff of the East India Company, he recognizes one of the men, who turns out to be a former intimate boarding school mate. Of all the people he meets, Godfrey and James would seem to be the hot item.The character came from me playing Bill Sikes [in a BBC production of “Oliver Twist” in 2007]. The boy, Robert, is a ward of the father, and Delaney is repaying his father’s debts. Delaney doesn’t seem to invite the attentions of the opposite sex, although they are certainly on offer. Wednesday, 9 p.m., Fox Carlotta (Queen Latifah) searches for the truth about Simone’s (Brittany O’Grady, below right, with Jude Demorest, center, and Ryan Destiny, left) past, as a familiar face reaches out for Jahil’s (Benjamin Bratt) help.Tuesday, 10 p.m., FX As brooding loner James Delaney in “Taboo,” British actor Tom Hardy cuts an enigmatic figure.In the premiere, Delaney barges into his father’s funeral, shocking all the mourners, including his half-sister and brother-in-law, who thought he was dead. “There was definitely gangs, violence, prostitution, vice and corruption.“A bloated, debauched, money-squandering wastrel.” Perhaps not surprising given this fact, Taboo’s mention of republican agitators and spies looking to undermine British affairs is likely accurate.It gave right-wing religious groups, always quick to make political capital from issues touching on “Indian values”, the chance to dismiss it as a Western import.
Her school, one of the city's poshest, invites an expert to lecture pupils on “those sorts of matters” two or three times a year. He became extremely rich off the back of corruption and atrocities, and was eventually impeached by Parliament. “The Regency era was full of debauchery and violence.” Taboo’s vision of London at that time depicts shadowy sex dens, opportunistic thugs lurking on every corner, and a city run by criminal bosses. Senior members included notable MPs, gentry and military officers. “They got rich operating as a private corporation but with imperial support behind them.” Jenner points to the example of Robert Clive, known as Clive Of India, who lived some decades before the events of Taboo.Within the quietly thriving gay scene in India’s entertainment and financial capital, one thing appears to be common.“Everybody from the gay community is using Grindr,” Inder Vhatwar, a Mumbai fashion entrepreneur, said of the dating app geared toward gay men.Despite a national law banning same-sex intercourse, tens of thousands of gay Indians use Grindr for social networking, dating and, yes, sex.