BBC One is adding to their drama slate with a multi-part adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts & Crosses from Poldark indie Mammoth Screen.
“I am beyond thrilled that Noughts and Crosses will be dramatised by the BBC – it couldn’t have found a better home”, said Malorie Blackman. “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!”
Noughts & Crosses tells the story of Sephy, a member of the black ruling class known as ‘Crosses’ and the daughter of a prominent politician, and Callum, 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. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and powerful rebellion mounting on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy and Callum which will lead them both into terrible danger.
The adaptation, which is based on the first book in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses novel series, is being penned by Levi David Addai and Matthew Graham. “I’m honoured to be trusted with bringing Malorie Blackman’s superb novel to a BBC One audience”, Levi David Addai, who recently penned Damilola Taylor drama Our Loved Boy for BBC One, said in a statement. “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.”
”Noughts and Crosses is a thought-provoking, landmark work of contemporary British fiction. We’re immensely excited to be bringing this gripping story to life; Malorie’s book series has a huge fan base, and the themes of the book are more relevant than ever”, added Mammoth Screen’s Preethi Mavahalli, who serves as an executive producer on the project alongside the indie’s Managing Director Damien Timmer.