James Norton To Lead Global Crime Drama McMafia

BBC One has announced an eight part adaptation of Misha Glenny’s novel McMafia by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black), with Watkins confirmed to direct all episodes.

James Norton (War & Peace) will play Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca. But when his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

McMafia charts Alex’s journey through a terrifying labyrinth of international criminals, money launderers, corrupt politicians and ruthless intelligence agencies. He soon finds himself embroiled in an underworld that stretches from London to Moscow, Dubai to Mumbai, Africa to the Americas; a battleground where Mexican cocaine cartels compete with Pakistani drug lords, Balkan smugglers and the Russian Mafia itself.

What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself. It delves into how, with the rise of globalization, the corporate has become criminal and the criminal corporate and how, driven by the global demand for cheap products, everyone is complicit in some way.

The writing team led by Hossein Amini and James Watkins includes David Farr (The Night Manager), Peter Harness (Doctor Who) and Laurence Coriat (Wonderland).