Malorie Blackman’s hit young adult series Noughts and Crosses is to be adapted for the BBC
The adrenalin-fuelled dystopian love story is being adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham who described the book series as “a powerful story drawing on the themes of hope, love and identity.”
Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore announced the series, which is being made by Poldark indie Mammoth Screen at Edinburgh International Television Festival.
The series follows Sephy and Callum, who are fighting against a tyrannical State where strict race laws make existence a struggle.
For Sephy, a Cross, one of the black ruling class and daughter of a leading politician, and Callum, a Nought, a member of the white underclass, the fight is about more than just the forbidden romance that is blossoming between them. It is about right and wrong.
The novel won numerous awards when it was published in 2001 and author Malorie Blackman OBE was made Children’s Laurette from 2013 to 2015.
She said “I am beyond thrilled that Noughts and Crosses will be dramatised by the BBC - it couldn't have found a better home. Callum and Sephy seem to have meant a lot to readers over the years and I’m excited at the prospect of watching them on my TV!”
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