Malorie Blackman’s NOUGHTS AND CROSSES is to be adapted for the BBC.
The book will be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham for a new BBC One series, produced by Mammoth Screen. The executive producers for Mammoth are Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer.
Noughts and Crosses, the first book in the trilogy of the same name, was published by Random House Children’s in 2001. It tells the story of Sephy, a ‘Cross’, part of the black ruling class, and Callum, a ‘Nought’ so white member of the underclass. Despite society’s separation of Noughts and Crosses, Sephy and Callum fall in love and embark on a life that leads them into danger.
Malorie, who was children’s laureate between 2013 and 2015, said: “I am beyond thrilled that Noughts and Crosseswill 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.”
The book has won several awards, including the Red House Children’s Award, and is now regarded as one of the finest YA novels written by a UK author.
Blackman’s most recent novel, Chasing the Stars, was published by Penguin Random House Children’s in April.