The Grantchester and Happy Valley actor leads a new cast as the protagonist, Alex Goodman, the English-educated son of a former Russian 'Godfather' attempting to lead a cleaner life than his parents. This will be Norton's second big Russian drama on the BBC, following on from his role as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in War and Peace.
Glenny's book – also called McMafia – is a hard-hitting non-fiction look at global crime and how far it's influence can reach.
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: 'James Norton is at the top of his game and I know he will do justice to the riveting McMafia.'
'It delves into how, with the rise of globalisation, the corporate had become criminal and the criminal corporate and how, driven by the global demand for cheap products, everyone is complicit in some way.'
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On 16 Dec 17, Air and date times TBD