McMafia: first trailer for BBC’s new thriller, start date confirmed

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The BBC is slowly rolling out its next raft of dramas, and one of its big hitters is McMafia. Based on the book by Misha Glenny, it’s been adapted by Hossein Amini (Drive) and directed by James Watkins (The Woman In Black).

James Norton stars in the series, which is set to run for eight episodes. Faye Marsay is in the ensemble too, along with Aleksey Serebryakov, Maria Shukshina, David Strathairn and Merab Ninidze.

The synopsis reads as follows…

As the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, 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 (Juliet Rylance). 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. McMafia is impressive and intimate, glamorous and gritty, global in scale and forensic in detail.

And here’s the first trailer…

McMafia will premiere on January 1st 2018, it’s now been confirmed. It’ll be on BBC One at 9pm.