Airing on New Year's Day 2018, McMafia is a major BBC One drama inspired by Misha Glenny's true crime book starring James Norton as 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
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.
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.
4. The 8-part TV series kicks off on New Year’s Day 2018, with episode two following on 2 January.
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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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.