British series Gangs of London ha stars veteran Pakistani actor Asif Raza Mir is has become the second-biggest drama launch of Sky Atlantic, the channel it aired on, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The show got a seven-day cumulative audience of 2.23 million. Additionally, it is also now the most binged show of Sky Atlantic this year clocking in over 1 million viewers choosing to watch the ninth and final episode within the first two weeks.
Registering record numbers well before it's HBO Max release slated for later this year, a second season of the show is already being discussed.
"We are delighted by the response to Gangs of London and to have brought Gareth Evans' unique cinematic vision to the small screen for the first time," said Cameron Roach, director of drama and Sky Studios. "This epic saga, with family at its heart and visceral action-packed fight sequences, has taken audiences on an immersive journey into the underbelly of London’s modern-day criminal underworld. The record-breaking results are a testament to Sky’s ongoing commitment to innovation and championing the very best of bold, British drama."
Mir plays the role of a Pakistani drug lord sharing his actual first name in the series.
In a recent interview with Canadian publication CTV, the actor talked about his experience working in the production. “The nice thing about this project that I personally liked is that it’s a typical crime gangster series but every individual (in it) has his own backstory and at the same time it has the human side of it, the family, the emotions,” said Mir.
The Khalish actor compared it to Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster trilogy The Godfather. “In many ways, if you remember The Godfather series, where the characters had their own emotional story-lines. When I read the script, it sort of looked very similar to that,” he said.
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