McMafia (2018– )
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Alex travels to Moscow on business, unaware of the devastation that Dmitri's actions have caused and the danger he is rushing into. As the full horror of the situation unfolds, Alex is ... See full summary »


James Watkins


Misha Glenny (based on the book by), Hossein Amini (created by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sofya Lebedeva ... Lyudmilla Nikolayeva (as Sofia Lebedeva)
Irina Kara ... Lyudmilla's Mother
Oshri Cohen ... Joseph
James Norton ... Alex Godman
Eddie Toll Eddie Toll ... Police Officer Moscow Airport
Aleksey Serebryakov ... Dmitri Godman
Kirill Pirogov ... Ilya Federov
Alexander Diachenko ... Oleg
Elena Lyadova ... Irina
Merab Ninidze ... Vadim Kalyagin
Denis Khoroshko Denis Khoroshko ... Moscow Detention Centre Guard
Sergo Vares ... Police Driver
Ratko Turcinovic Ratko Turcinovic ... Boy Playing Football
Igor Pokrajac Igor Pokrajac ... Vadim's Bodyguard
Evgeni Golan Evgeni Golan ... Marat


Alex travels to Moscow on business, unaware of the devastation that Dmitri's actions have caused and the danger he is rushing into. As the full horror of the situation unfolds, Alex is forced to play the one card he has left to save himself before facing a final showdown with Vadim. Written by AnonymousB

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







English | Russian

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23 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Nothing spectacular
13 February 2018 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

You knew that this was going to be a low budget gangster series. Follows the now well worn rise of the reluctant gangster in the Godfather line, but this seems to ape others like Boardwalk Empire more so than that.

Anyhow this series goes between different centres of gangster influence centring on London, with the Russian mafia controlling the routes across the globe. Nothing seems to escape them it seems.

Alex is the London boy of Russian boys who has kept away but then finds himself locked in and the spiral downwards begins. He's not fit for that world, but it seems that he either plays along or he is finished.

A rich spoilt family and partner which he tries to protect is the jist of his reasoning, but maybe he likes the power and adventure he experiences. He finds himself out of his depth, but as it's TV, he comes out on to whilst others end up 6ft under.

The budget has been spent on teams flying over the globe, but not on good camera work, enjoyable action or acting. Most of the ensemble seem to paint by numbers here, and our lead is very wooden. His partner is woeful and she really should have been long cut, as a moral foil the actress was hopeless, and made her poor dialogue worse. Hopefully won't be back for the second series.

It's a mixed bag, and is fine as TV work. It's not one that will be long recalled. Enjoyable TV fodder and a bit above average there, but it's far from a classic and against other fare in the genre (Sopranos, Gomorrah, Boardwalk Empire etc) this isn't even worth comparing as it's so far behind.

Worth a viewing, but once is enough.

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