‘McMafia’ is a crime drama series that first premiered on January 1, 2018, on BBC One, in the UK and then on February 26, 2018, on the AMC in the US. The show draws inspiration from a book of the same name, “McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld.” The book was published in 2008 and is written by the journalist Misha Glenny.
The show, co-produced by Cuba Pictures, AMC, and BBC, sheds light on international criminals, underworld dons and how they function by manipulating governments, intelligence agencies, law, and finance. ‘McMafia’ also impacted and changed the UK law and legislation; a new law was drafted to allow the seizure of foreign assets if a person is not able to prove that he obtained that asset legally.
Needless to say, given the nature of the subject being dealt with, the show enjoys immense popularity. Critics too have praised the series for its intensity and the way vast criminal worlds have been made accessible and understandable to the audiences through this show.
McMafia Cast: Who is in it?
The central role of Alex Godman is played by James Norton. Godman is the British born son of an exiled Russian boss and lives his life in London, trying to outrun the past and get out of the criminal shadows of his family.
Juliet Rylance appears as Rebecca Harper, Alex’s fiancée, while Aleksey Serebryakov and Maria Shukshina, appear as Dimitri and Oksana Godman, Alex’s parents. Faye Marsay plays the role of Katya Godman, Alex’s sister, while we see David Dencik as Boris Godman, Alex’s uncle. There are several other characters, ranging from Israeli businessmen to powerful members of the Russian mob, as we see a vast international criminal empire unfurl in front of our eyes. If you follow Bollywood, you might be interested to know that Nawazuddin Siddiqui appears in the role of Dilly Mahmood, an Indian business partner.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, if the story picks up from where it left off, we will see Alex and most of the main characters return. Alex will be seen heading the business, having made a transition from reluctant family member to a crime boss, much like Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather‘.