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Middle Temple lands itself yet another TV cameo, this time in new Tom Hardy drama ‘Taboo’

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The heart of legal London transported back to the 1800s

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Middle Temple has bagged itself yet another television appearance, this time providing the backdrop to Tom Hardy’s dark BBC drama ‘Taboo’.

The new eight-part series — set in London in 1814 — documents the life of James Delaney (played by Hardy), who has returned to England having spent the past 12 years in Africa under mysterious circumstances.

Airing its second episode on Friday, Delaney — keen to purchase a sailing ship — visits an auction house. Readers familiar with legal London would have spotted that the building he enters is actually one of the four Inns of Court, Middle Temple.

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In another scene, Delaney rides horseback up the iconic cobbled road of Middle Temple Lane.

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Towards the end of Friday’s episode, Delaney — accompanied by his father’s lawyer, Robert Thoyt — can be seen walking along King’s Bench Walk, with a list of barristers’ names clearly visible outside a chambers’ entrance.

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This isn’t the first time Middle Temple has graced our TV screens. Back in 2013, the historic building featured in a Marks & Spencer’s Christmas ad starring Helena Bonham Carter.

Fast-forward a year and it was hitting the big time again, courtesy of period drama Downton Abbey. Cutting across Middle Temple Lane, the Dowager Countess of Grantham and Isobel Crawley entered Temple Church, which — for the purposes of the programme — had been transformed into a soup kitchen for the criminal barristers poor.

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Anonymous

“having spent the past 12 years in Africa”…. what on the WHOLE of Africa?! Oh wow…

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Anonymous

Yes, he travelled around the continent.

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Anonymous

Isn’t Kings Bench Walk in Inner Temple…

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Anonymous

Isn’t Kings Bench Walk in Inner Temple…

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Anonymous

Isn’t Inner Temple in Kings Bench Walk…

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Anonymous

LC is on form today! First Alex on KWM, and now top bantz from Thomas… “Soup kitchen for the criminal barristers”… Sweet.

Methinks LC is finally responding to the readers’ expectations. Most of us skip the articles and go straight to the comments, precisely for stuff like that. Now if it starts appearing in the actual posts…

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LegalRec

Love the modern paving, bollards and even the electricity box in 1800’s London!

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Anonymous

I know! Where’s the gritty realism?

Where are the malodorous wretches relieving themselves in the street?

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Anonymous

Lots of external shots of chambers used in ITV drama The Halcyon. The external of the Halcyon Hotel is the old Land Registry building near Lincoln’s Inn.

(PS Taboo airs on Sat nights, not Friday.)

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Pantman

The heart of legal London transported back to the 1800s

Did it ever move from there?

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Soil'd

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Best comment all day!!!!!

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