Global organised crime drama McMafia to launch in South Africa on 2nd January, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has today announced that the global organised crime drama McMafia will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in South Africa on Tuesday 2nd January. Amazon Prime Video will bring the international thriller, starring James NortonDavid Strathairn, and Juliet Rylance, to customers in more than 200 countries and territories. The second episode will release on Wednesday 3rd January, then the further six episodes of the eight-part series will release on Prime Video on the day after broadcast in the UK on the BBC.

Created by Hossein Amini and James WatkinsMcMafia is inspired by the best-selling non-fiction book by Misha Glenny. Featuring a distinguished international cast, McMafia tells the story of Alex Godman (Norton), an English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past.  As he starts building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Rylance), his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them and Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.  

Additional cast include, Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game Of Thrones) and renowned Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) as Dimitri, Alex’s father.  James Watkins has directed all episodes of the eight-part series.

McMafia is a compelling international story that our Prime Video customers around the world are going to love,” said Brad Beale, Vice President of Prime Video TV Content Acquisition. “With a fascinating premise, talented writers and distinguished cast, McMafia will be a great addition to our stable of high quality hit shows that are available exclusively on Prime Video.”

Creators Hossein Amini and James Watkins say: “McMafia is the story of our contemporary globalised world and the criminal underworlds that compete and thrive just beneath its surface. It is a truly international show, spanning dozens of countries, and we are thrilled that through our collaboration with Amazon we can reach the global audience it was always meant for.

Prime Video Series and popular movies and TV shows are available for Prime Video members to stream or download and enjoy anytime, anywhere at no additional cost to customers in new Prime Video territories at an introductory price of $2.99 USD per month for the remainder of 2017, and $5.99 USD thereafter.  Members can watch via the Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TV by Sony, Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox or online at

McMafia is a co-production by the BBC, AMCN and Cuba Pictures in association with Twickenham Studios, distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. It is executive produced by 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. Paul Ritchie is producing. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK on 1 January 2018.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide says:  “With a stellar cast, brilliant writing and huge international appeal McMafia has all the makings of a modern day classic and we’re delighted that Amazon will be taking the series to its audiences around the world.”

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