Family is everything.

When a feared mafia boss loses his daughter in a tragic car accident, he demands retribution from the man he holds responsible.

When an ordinarily family man is involved in a car accident that kills the daughter of an infamous mafia boss, the only way out is to become a killer for the mob.

What binds the two men is besa.

Besa (definition)


Besa (pledge of honour) is a cultural precept from South East Europe, that means “to keep the promise” and “word of honour”.

Story

Set amidst the beauty of the Adriatic region and inspired by true events, Besa is the story of one ordinary man who is driven to extraordinary acts in order to protect his family. When Uroš Perić is driving on a business trip to Montenegro, he's caught up in a traffic accident where a young girl, Besiana, tragically dies. When Uroš wakes up in the hospital he finds out that she was the daughter of the biggest Balkan "narcobos" Dardan Berisha. In order to escape the vendetta against his family, Uroš must become a killer for Dardan. Both men’s lives are changed forever, and both will find out how far they must go in order to protect their family.

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“A smart, intricate crime thriller with a unique story and absolutely stunning production values”
- Tony Jordan, Creator & Writer
“A series that will appeal to local viewers as well as audiences around the world, who will identify with the universal nature of the emotional journeys of the main characters”
- Dusan Lazarevic, Director

Dardan Berisa

Leader of a Kosovo Albanian drug cartel and the most powerful criminal in Southeastern Europe, Darden Berisa is an old-school mafia don. Whilst mercilessly brutal to his enemies, he is not a sadist. In his mind, what he does is all about business and honour. He doesn’t hate his foes, they are merely obstacles to be overcome dispassionately. He’s married to Teuta, a woman from the rival Sokoli clan. This was an arranged marriage intended to keep the peace between the two clans. Dardan loves his wife but the feeling is not mutual and it pains him that Teuta stays with him more out of a sense of duty. When his daughter is killed, all hell breaks loose and Darden loses his calm and detached pragmatism. He wants revenge and is hellbent on destroying anyone connected to her death. Arben Barjaktaraj Arben is known for Taken (2008), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

Uroš Perić

A small businessman from Belgrade. An ordinary and honest Serb whose only goal in life is to provide a comfortable life for his family. He adores his wife Marija with whom he has a passionate relationship. Uros loves his children very much, but he’s also a strict father. He would do anything to keep his family safe. Uros abides by a very clear set of moral values which nearly drives him mad by the middle of the series, but also, ultimately helps him to survive. Over the course of the series, Uros transforms from an ordinary law-abiding citizen into a man who does the unthinkable for the love of his family. He is tormented by the fact that he’s become a killer and even worse, Uros realises in horror that he may even be starting to get some satisfaction from what he is forced to do. What darkness has been stirred within him? The battle to survive with his soul intact is on. Radivoje Raša Bukvić Radivoje was born in Sombor, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is an actor, known for A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), The Transporter Refuelled (2015) and Taken (2008).

Writer

Tony Jordan - Writer Tony is an award winning writer and British TV giant, listed as the number one television screen writer in the UK by Broadcast magazine in 2008 and among British broadcasting's top twenty in The Stage in 2009. Tony is known for his work on Life on Mars, Hustle, The Vanishing Man, Thief Takers, Minder and Dickensian among others. Tony was described in The Guardian newspaper by TV critic Mark Lawson as “one of TV’s most inventive writers”.

Series Comps

Besa is a production by Adrenalin and Red Planet Pictures   Season 1: 10 x 60 episodes Season 2: 10 x 60 episodes (currently in pre-production) Language: Serbo-Croatian-Albanian   Originating broadcasters: Telekom Serbia, PRVA Serbia, RTL Croatia, Planet TV Slovenia   IMDB rating: 8.9

Family is everything.