First Look: Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses

It’s FINALLY happening. BBC have released the first trailer for their TV adaption of Malorie Blackman’s dytopian series Noughts and Crosses. I first read these novels (arguably too young but who’s counting) back in 2009 and have been waiting years for an adaptation to finally make it to the screen. The time is now and it looks like the BBC are really hitting the nail on the head with this one. The books are punchy, exciting and emotional and the trailer portrays a show that looks to be shaping up accordingly. Take a look!



Noughts and Crosses is set in an alternate, dystopian city of London, Albion, in a society in which the Crosses are the black ruling class and the Noughts are the white people under this rule. When Sephy and Callum, the novel’s star-crossed lovers and childhood friends, develop their passionate relationship, everything is at risk. Sephy is a Cross and the daughter of a prominent politician, whereas Callum is a Nought. They live in a society that bans inter-racial relationship, as the trailer shows us in an ominous sign aboard a public bus. As tension bubbles between the groups and anti-establishment rebellions occur, the struggles of a normal teenage relationship are replaced by threats to their very lives as a result of their love – and a society that won’t accept it.


The show stars Jack Rowan, who has swapped the mean streets of Peaky Blinders’ Birmingham for Albion, alongside newcomer Masali Baduza, as the ill-fated lovers. They are joined in the cast by Mamma Mia’s Josh Dylan and even rapper Stormzy, who will be starring in a role added for the show.


image via cosmopolitan

Blackman’s original text is exciting and emotional, it tore me to pieces as a teenager and I am ready for the series to do it all over again. The show is set to premiere on March 5th on BBC One.

featured image via Royal television society

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