James Norton's McMafia WILL return for a second series despite critics slamming show's cast for 'mumbling'

The BBC confirmed that Norton will reprise his role as Alex Godman as he continues to fight for survival in the criminal underworld.

Series one proved popular with viewers, attracting an average audience of 7.1million, however, the show was hit by a mumbling row after some complained they couldn't hear the actors.

The team behind the series are delighted by the news, with creators Hossein Amini and James Watkins saying: “We are so thrilled with how McMafia has resonated with audiences across the world and are delighted to be given the opportunity to cast more light on the shady intersections of transnational criminals and their enablers in finance, law, intelligence agencies and even in governments.”

Meanwhile Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “McMafia’s blend of topicality and killer storytelling struck a chord with audiences and significantly added to the discourse around Anglo-Russian relations and we are excited to be returning to that world in the safe and brilliant hands of James and Hoss for series two.”

The Sun's TV critic Ally Ross will likely be less enthusiastic about the return.

In a scathing assessment of series one's finale, he wrote: "McMafia was always a disaster waiting to happen.

"A documentary masquerading as a drama that longed to be another television show from the word go.

"The Night Manager II was clearly the sum of its exotic and violent parts, as far as the Beeb was concerned.

"But without a decent central storyline or any sex, it was as tedious and insufferable as every other well-travelled sod you’ve ever met."

Viewers drew comparisons between Norton's character and James Bond, with some claiming the role was the perfect audition for Norton to become the next 007.

The first series saw his character Alex attempting to escape his family’s dark history by running his own legitimate business.

But soon he was forced to face his demons — figuratively, and literally — in a bid to protect his loved ones.

He was drawn deep into the criminal world, confronting not only the Mafia but Mexican cocaine cartels, Pakistani drug lords and Balkan smugglers.

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