The BBC is returning to McMafia. BBC One has renewed the James Norton fronted drama a second season. No word on the size of the order for season two, which is expected to air in 2019. AMC co-produced the series for the U.S. market.
The renewal comes more than two months after McMafia wrapped its run on BBC One. As the series is a co-production, the BBC were waiting for the series to air state-side before pulling the trigger on a renewal decision. Across all eight episodes, the first season averaged a consolidated audience of 7.1 million viewers.
“McMafia’s blend of topicality and killer storytelling struck a chord with audiences and significantly added to the discourse around Anglo-Russian relations and we are excited to be returning to that world in the safe and brilliant hands of James and Hoss for series two”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Piers Wenger, who commissioned the second season alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore.
Created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, McMafia follows a Russian family living in exile in London who are involved in global organised crime. The series reveals a web of connections that join up money launderers in Dubai to cyber criminals in India, black marketeers in Zagreb to narcos in Columbia. In this world, race, religion, colour and creed present no barriers when it comes to clinching a major deal.
Inspired by Misha Glenny’s book of the same name, the drama series is produced by Cuba Pictures – the production division of leading literary and talent agency Curtis Brown – and stars James Norton, Juliet Rylance, David Strathairn, Faye Marsay, Aleksey Serebryakov, Maria Shukshina and Merab Ninidze. Paul Ritchie is the series producer. The executive producers are Nick Marston, Dixie Linder, Ben Hall and Robyn Slovo for Cuba Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Hossein Amini, James Watkins and Misha Glenny.