Glenny's 'McMafia' inspires BBC drama

Glenny's 'McMafia' inspires BBC drama

Misha Glenny's non-fiction study McMafia, published by Vintage, is to be "reworked" into a "major" BBC1 drama series, throwing open the doors of the complex world of organised crime.

Eight 60-minute episodes have been commissioned by BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore and Polly Hill, controller for BBC drama commissioning.

The “glamorous and gritty” thriller series is said to have been inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book McMafia, praised by The Mail on Sunday as “organised crime's version of Fast Food Nation” for its hard-hitting look at global crime and its far reaching influence.

The shows creators are Hossein Amini (Snow White And The Huntsman) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black) who have reworked the book into a drama centring around one Russian family living in exile in London. It will be written by David Farr (Spooks), Peter Harness (Doctor Who) and Laurence Coriat (Me Without You) and produced by Cuba Pictures.

Glenny said: “I am a huge fan of The Godfather, The Sopranos and, more recently, Narcos. Hoss and James’s brilliant reworking of McMafia takes this tradition onto a global canvas by revealing the immense possibilities open to an ambitious Russian crime family in an interconnected world.”

Casting has yet to be announced.