BBC To Adapt Malorie Blackman’s Noughts And Crosses

Malorie Blackman’s story of first love in a dystopian world is to be adapted by Levi David Addai (Youngers) and Matthew Graham (Life On Mars)for a new series on BBC One.

Divided by their colour but united by forbidden love and burning injustice, Sephy and Callum are fighting for more than simply the right to be together in a contemporary dystopian State where strict race laws make daily existence a matter of life and death.

Sephy is a ‘Cross’, a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician. Callum is a ‘Nought’, a white member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood but that’s as far as it can go for Noughts and Crosses must never fall in love…

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: “Noughts and Crosses is the definitive book for a young adult audience and the perfect fit for BBC One. Superb, high octane compulsive storytelling set within an alternative history that explores really relevant themes about race, privilege and how we treat each other.”

Levi David Addai says: “I’m honoured to be trusted with bringing Malorie Blackman’s superb novel to a BBC One audience. It’s a powerful story drawing on themes of hope, love and identity, set in a brilliantly conceived world that makes us think again about our own.”