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Genre Thriller
Created by Hossein Amini
James Watkins
Based on McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime (2008) by Misha Glenny
Written by Hossein Amini
James Watkins
David Farr
Peter Harness
Laurence Coriat
Directed by James Watkins
Starring James Norton
David Strathairn
Aleksey Serebryakov
Maria Shukshina
Juliet Rylance
Caio Blat
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Nick Marston
Dixie Linder
Ben Hall
Robyn Slovo
Matthew Read
Hossein Amini
James Watkins
Misha Glenny
Producer(s) Paul Ritchie
Production company(s) Cuba Pictures
Twickenham Studios
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo

McMafia is an upcoming British-American television miniseries created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and directed by James Watkins. It was inspired by the 2008 book of the same name by journalist Misha Glenny, it stars James Norton as the British-raised son of a Russian mafia boss trying to escape the ties of organised crime. The eight-part miniseries is co-produced by BBC One, AMC and Cuba Pictures,[1] and is expected to air in 2018.[2]


British-raised Alex Godman, the son of exiled Russians, struggles to live an honest life free from his parents' mafia connections;[1] in addition to Russians, Alex must confront shadowy figures from the world of organised crime, including Mexican drug cartels, Pakistani drug lords and Balkan smugglers.[3]

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McMafia was inspired by journalist Misha Glenny's nonfiction book McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime, published in 2008. The series took a few stories from Glenny's book, which documents various mafia organisations thriving around the world today, the series was created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, and is a co-production of the BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures, in association with Twickenham Studios.[4]

BBC announced the series in October 2015;[5] in April 2016, it was announced that James Norton had been cast in the lead role of Alex Godman and that co-creator Watkins would direct all eight episodes. Additional casting, including Maria Shukshina and Aleksey Serebryakov as Alex's parents and David Strathairn as a shady Israeli businessman, was announced in November 2016.[6] In addition to Amini and Watkins, David Farr, Peter Harness and Laurence Coriat co-wrote the series.[7]

Filming locations included London, Croatia, Qatar, Mumbai, Prague, Cairo, Belgrade, Belize, Istanbul, Moscow and Tel Aviv.[4][7][8][9] The budget was several million pounds per episode.[10]


  1. ^ a b "First look image released for BBC One's McMafia". BBC. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Bryant, Adam. "AMC Releases First Photo From Upcoming Series McMafia". AMC. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Here's a look at the new James Norton spy thriller McMafia, coming soon". The Sun. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Szalai, Georg (5 April 2017). "MIPTV: 'Drive' Writer and 'McMafia' Author on Teaming Up for BBC/AMC Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "BBC One announces McMafia, brand new thriller series by Hossein Amini & James Watkins". BBC. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Further casting announced for epic new BBC One drama McMafia". BBC. 15 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Brazilian star Caio Blat to star in brand new BBC series McMafia alongside James Norton and Juliet Rylance". BBC. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Hamad, Marwa (4 March 2017). "Dubai in new BBC gangster series 'McMafia'". GulfNews. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  9. ^ ""McMafia" se do prosinca snima u Zagrebu". Dnevnik (in Croatian). 15 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Foster, Patrick (3 August 2016). "James Norton to play another Russian in big-budget BBC drama McMafia". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 

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