McMafia charts the journey of Alex Godman (James Norton) as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organised crime.
Russian crime boss Vadim Kalyagin (Merab Ninidze) meets with his Indian associate Benny Chopra (Atul Kale) to discuss their control of Mumbai’s main port. As Vadim leaves the meeting, his vehicle is blown up by a car bomb. It’s not long before his allies have the name of the man believed to be behind the assassination attempt…
Alex Godman, a successful young hedge fund manager, joins his family at a charity gala – his father Dimitri (Aleksey Serebryakov), a depressed Russian exile, his socialite mother Oksana (Maria Shukshina), his beloved and larger-than-life uncle Boris (David Dencik), his wayward sister Katya (Faye Marsay), and his British girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance).
When his hedge fund comes under fire, following rumours that they’ve been trading in embargoed Russian stocks, investors start to withdraw their money in droves. Alex tries to find new clients, but struggles against the prejudices that stem from his Russian background.
When Alex approaches his uncle Boris for help he mentions a wealthy Israeli friend of his, a shipping magnate named Semiyon Kleiman (David Strathairn). Alex gratefully agrees to a meeting, but it soon becomes clear that Semiyon, his money and his intentions are not as legitimate as they first seemed…
Pictured are Oksana (Maria Shukshina) and Alex (James Norton)
McMafia Episode 1 (of 8) airs Monday 1 January 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC One.