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McMafia is a BBC television eight-part drama series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and directed by James Watkins. It was inspired by the non-fiction book, McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld (2008) by journalist Misha Glenny. It stars James Norton as Alex Godman, the British-raised son of a Russian mafia boss. Living in London, Alex’s father is trying to escape from organised crime. It is co-produced by the BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures. Broadcast on BBC One started on 1 January 2018
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.
BBC announced the series in October 2015. 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.
Watch McMafia Online. Filming locations included London, Zagreb, Qatar, Mumbai, Prague, Cairo, Belgrade, Belize, Istanbul, Moscow and Tel Aviv. The budget was several million pounds per episode