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5 things to know about McMafia

 

McMafia is a BBC One drama inspired by Misha Glenny’s true crime book starring James Norton as the British-raised son of a Russian mafia boss trying to leave the world of organised crime. Here’s 5 things to know about the series

1.     The fictional drama was inspired by the bestselling true crime book McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime by journalist and broadcaster Misha Glenny. It’s a riveting, original and comprehensive account of international crime and a brilliant critique of globalisation’s dark side.

McMafia James Norton in a bar

© BBC / Cuba Pictures / Nick Wall

2.    The book shows that organised crime is part of all our worlds – often without us even knowing. It moves from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil.

McMafia James Norton on plane

© BBC / Cuba Pictures / Nick Wall

3.     Glenny wrote the book after years as the Central Europe Correspondent for the Guardian and then the BBC. He spoke to gangsters, policemen and victims of organized crime, exploring the ferocious consumer demands for drugs, trafficked women, illegal labour and arms across five continents.

McMafia Juliet Rylance

© BBC / Cuba Pictures / Nick Wall

4.    The 8-part TV series was filmed in locations including London, Zagreb, Qatar, Mumbai, Prague, Cairo, Belgrade, Belize, Istanbul, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

McMafia the Godman Family

©BBC / Cuba Pictures / Nick Wall

5.     David Strathairn stars as Israeli businessman Semiyon Kleiman, Juliet Rylance plays Alex Godman’s girlfriend Rebecca Harper and acclaimed Russian actress Maria Shukshina is his mother Oksana. Hossein Amini and James Watkins created the series and James Watkins is the director.

 

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McMafia

Misha Glenny

The extraordinary real stories that inspired the major BBC series

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Organised crime is part of all our worlds - often without us even knowing. McMafia is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil.

This edition comes with a new introduction and epilogue from author Misha Glenny.

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