'Noughts and Crosses' Has Been Renewed for Season 2

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It's official: Noughts + Crosses, the BBC adaptation of author Majorie Blackman's award-winning YA series of the same name, will return for a second season. 

Given that it's been a year since the futuristic contemporary drama aired in the U.K. and six months since its U.S. streaming debut, many (most?) of us had likely written the series off for good. After all, the first season ended in a place that felt like it could serve as a series finale, if necessary. But 2021 is apparently a time for television miracles, and Noughts + Crosses will indeed be back for Season 2.

The alternate history series imagines a world in which a version of Africa invaded and colonized Europe and race relations across the globe are wildly different as a result. Its story revolves around the star-crossed romance between Sephy Hadley, daughter of a prominent politician and a member of the Black ruling class known as the "Crosses," and Callum McGregor, a member of the white underclass known as "Noughts".

Stars Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza will return as Callum and Sephy in Season 2, which will see the pair desperately attempt to flee Albion in search of a new life together, while the city they left behind ignites in the wake of Sephy's 'kidnap' and the devastating events of the first season. Paterson Joseph, Helen Baxendale, Bonnie Mbuli, Jonathan Ajayi, Josh Dylan, and Kiké Brimah will all reprise their roles from the first series.

The series' first season came to America by way of NBC streaming service Peacock, so one has to assume that its second will follow suit. Production on Season 2 is slated to being next month in South Africa. 

“I am delighted that Noughts + Crosses is returning for a second series," Blackman said in a statement. "So many people have asked me, ’So what happens next?’. Now they will find out! Having read the scripts, I think I can safely say that even those familiar with the Noughts & Crosses series of books will find surprises, suspense and so much to savor.”

Are you looking forward to another season of Noughts + Crosses? Let's discuss in the comments.

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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