'Noughts and Crosses' Will Stream on Peacock in September

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The popular BBC adaptation of Majorie Blackman's award-winning YA series, Noughts + Crosses, is finally coming to America by way of streaming service Peacock. 

The alternate history saga 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. 

Sephy Hadley is a "Cross", a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician. Callum McGregor is a "Nought," a member of the white underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but their relationship grows increasingly complicated as they come of age and their two families are increasingly separated by power and prejudice.

And naturally, noughts and crosses are never meant to be together, romantically speaking. As civic unrest grows and rebellions rise in the streets, Sephy and Callum's passionate relationship will lead them both into terrible danger. (Romeo and Juliet, much?) 

Watch the Peacock trailer for the series below: 

The first season is based on the first novel in Blackman's five-book series, from which the show also takes its name. 

The six-part series stars Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza as Callum and Sephy, respectively, and they'll be joined by an all-star ensemble that includes Paterson Joseph, Bonnie Mbuli, Kike Brimah, Helen Baxendale, Ian Hart, Josh Dylan, Shaun Dingwall, Jonathan Ajayi, and Rakie Ayola. 

Being Human's Toby Whithouse penned the series and also serves as one of Noughts + Crosses' executive producers.  The six-pat drama originally aired on the BBC to strong reviews back in March of this year and will become available to stream on Peacock beginning September 4. 

Are you excited that Noughts + Crosses is finally making it to America? How do you feel about this sort of alternate history stories? Will you give it a look? 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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