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McMafia where filmed

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The new BBC eight-part drama is based on the book by The Guardian journalist Misha Glenny. McMafia is a thriller about how corporations are becoming international criminal organisations. You can expect a cocktail of money-laundering, drugs, violence and -of course- Russian mafias.

Iranian-British screenwriter Hossein Amini directs the series, starring James Norton as Alex Godman (Grantchester, War & Peace). Most actors have a background that matches the country of their character. This way, the cast is composed by a multicultural troupe with Aleksey Serebryakov, Maria Shukshina, David Dencik, Merab Ninidze, Juliet Rylance, Oshri Cohen, Karel Roden and Caio Blat.

This expensive production has travelled all over the world. McMafia was filmed primarily in England and Croatia, but the filming location list also includes Russia, India, Turkey, Israel, Qatar, Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, Belize and Egypt:

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Only in London 75 different locations were used. Lancaster House in the West End is a 19th century mansion that doubled as the Palace of Versailles in France. Image courtesy of BBC and Andrew - Map




McMafia Waddesdon
The exterior shots were filmed at the Waddesdon Manor country house in Buckinghamshire.
Image courtesy of BBC and National Trust - Map


McMafia Filming Locations
The top-floor restaurant Sky Garden served as the venue for the Sydney Bloom Foundation event.
Image courtesy of BBC and Martin Pettitt - Map


McMafia Locations
In the first episode a charity gala is held at the Victoria & Albert Museum (image with director Hossein Amini and James Norton at the John Madejski Garden). Image courtesy of BBC and Giles Moss - Map


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A scene was filmed at Hyde Park with the Royal Albert Hall providing the backdrop.
Image courtesy of BBC


McMafia behind the scenes
The Victorian pub Crocker's Folly (24 Aberdeen Pl) was used in the 7th and 8th episodes.
Image courtesy of BBC and Edwardx - Map


Where was McMafia filmed
Some scenes were filmed in the luxurious hotels The Langham (pictured) and the The Dorchester, in central London.
Image courtesy of BBC and Andrew - Map 1 - Map 2


McMafia London
McMafia was also filming in the British Museum, Heathrow Airport and Ravenscourt Park tube station. According to The Guardian, Alex and Rebecca's place was set in a real Victorian house in Wandsworth, south London.
Image courtesy of BBC and Mike Peel - Map




McMafia Croatia
The next filming locations are set in Croatia, although none of the action takes place in this country. Zagreb is doubling as Moscow, Prague or Tel Aviv.


McMafia Zagreb
We will see scenes filmed at landmarks like St. Mark's Church (previous image), Kamenita Vrata (pictured), Dverce Palace, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Strossmayer Square and several streets in the center.


McMafia Shooting Locations
The party in Moscow from the seventh episode takes place in the Mestrovic Pavilion, also known as the Home of Croatian Artists.
Image courtesy of BBC and Diego Delso


McMafia cemetery
The crew was also shooting in one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, Mirogoj.
Image courtesy of BBC and Atlas of Wonders


Gdje je snimljena McMafia
Some other locations across the country include the Hotel Milenij in Opatija. Boat scenes where filmed around the Rovinj Riviera. Also, according to a local newspaper, the production was filming for a couple of days in the Port of Koper (Slovenia).
Image by Google Maps


McMafia drehorte
The house of Israeli businessman Semiyon Kleiman (David Strathairn), were shot at Golden Rays Luxury Resort in Primosten near Sibenik. Image by Google Maps


McMafia Hotel French Riviera
The hotel in the French Riviera from the 3rd episode is the Villa Dalmacija in Split.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map


McMafia island
Also it would be interesting to see if we can recognise the moonlike landscape of the unique island of Pag, that can be used for scenes in barren and desertic countries. Image Public Domain




Wo wir McMafia gedreht
A production unit was filming on location during a week in the city of Mumbai (India).
Image by courtesy of BBC


McMafia Moscow
Stablishing shots were filmed in Moscow (pictured, one of the Seven Sisters: the Moscow State University), Prague, Cairo and other minor filming locations. Image by courtesy of BBC


McMafia Belgrade
Belgrade doubled as Moscow on episode 8. Alex goes out the metro near the iconic Hotel Moskva, and later on walks in the popular street Kneza Mihaila. Image by courtesy of BBC and Jorge Láscar


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Can you help to improve this article about the filming locations of McMafia? To complete and correct this report, any feedback, info or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

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For further information we recommend the original book by Misha Glenny that inspired the series, McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld. It is also available as an audiobook:

10 comments

  1. In the 5th episode Hotel Amber in Tel Aviv is actually Hotel Ambasador in Opatija/Croatia.

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  2. The circular building at the end of episode 7 is the House of Artists in Zagreb, Croatia

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  3. I believe that the scenes in the cafe where Alex and his dad met the
    guy from the Russian embassy in ep7 was shot at Crockers Folly, Aberdeen Place London NW8.It's a Victorian/Edwardian pub now a Lebanese restaurant
    I was at a party there recently.

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    1. Thanks you’re absolutely right - looks amazing !

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  4. Where is the bar that Alex father and the Russian embassy guy meet in episode 8

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  5. In the opening sequence, there is a desert (urban) coastline, looks like it could be somehere in the Gulf - where is it?

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    1. ...found it: it's Doha, looking south.

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  6. I recognized the White Palace in Belgrade Serbia. I believe it was used in the episode when Alex and Vadim were signing an agreement.

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