BBC releases first-look images from Paula and McMafia

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6241Late last year, the BBC announced a raft of new dramas. A couple of them were thrillers and crime dramas, and now they’re coming to life thanks to some first-look images released by the BBC.

The first one, Paula (pictured), is a three-parter written and created by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson, in his first original television series. It tells the story about the fallout in a young chemistry teacher’s life (played by Denise Gough), after her one-night stand with a good-looking but dangerous ducker and diver (tim Hughes). There is an instant, animalistic, spark of attraction before they become locked in a dance of mutual destruction. Only one can survive, but their actions will take a terrifying toll on all those around them. It’s being billed as a revenge thriller, where only one of these two can survive.

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The next frst-look image is from James ‘Grantchester/Happy Valley’ Norton’s next project, described as a ‘global thriller’.

The image shows James Norton playing Alex Godman and Maria Shukshina playing his mother Oksana, at a family funeral. When his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

As the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance). What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself. Blimey.

More news as I get it…

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