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When does Noughts and Crosses air on BBC One? The Malorie Blackman adaptation we've been waiting years for

The Noughts and Crosses BBC air date is on its way, so let’s consider everything we know about one of the year’s most essential TV series.

We see many TV series come and go every year. However, they’re rarely as important as something like Noughts and Crosses.

There has been a demand to see it adapted into a television series for years. So, let’s dive into the fascinating vision of author Malorie Blackman.

“Noughts and Crosses” poster, BBC 2019

What is Noughts and Crosses about?

First off, Noughts and Crosses is a series of dystopian novels written by Malorie Blackman.

The first – Noughts and Crosses – was written in 2001. It conjures up an alternate reality in which races of white and black are segregated. Teenage girl Sephy belongs to the black ruling class but falls in love with Callum. He is a nought and belongs to the white underclass.

Essentially, it’s an original tale of forbidden love, commenting powerfully on themes of race and segregation.

Noughts and Crosses: Cast

Sephy will be played by newcomer Masali Baduza.

Callum will be played by Jack Rowan, of Peaky Blinders fame.

Overseeing the script is Toby Whitehouse. You may recognise his name attached to such projects as Being Human and Doctor Who.

The cast is pretty impressive, and will even star the likes of grime-artist Stormzy.

Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza star in “Noughts and Crosses” BBC 2019

How many episodes?

The series will comprise of six episodes.

Each will average at one-hour in length.

Noughts and Crosses: BBC air date

It will air on BBC One.

Unfortunately, there is no specific air date available just yet.

It began filming late in 2018, so we could see it surface towards the end of the year. It was first announced in 2016, but rest assured, it sounds like it’ll be worth the wait.

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Chris has a First Class Film and Journalism (Joint Honours) degree from De Montfort University and previously studied film at A-level, making him HITC’s resident movie guy. Chris's passion for all things cinema has been with him from a very young age and he has written for a number of publications, from Taste of Cinema to local sites. He has been with HITC for a five years, exploring the world of film and television while looking out for the latest titles to excite and inspire audiences.