Noughts + Crosses, the alternate world of Malorie Blackman’s bestselling novels and the irresistible, forbidden love story at its heart will return for a second series.

The BBC has announced that series two of Noughts + Crosses will dive viewers straight back into the where we left off. Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza will return as Callum and Sephy, now desperately attempting 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 series one.

Noughts + Crosses
Noughts + Crosses
Image credit: BBC

Fans of the show will be pleased to learn that favourites Paterson Joseph, Helen Baxendale, Bonnie Mbuli, Jonathan Ajayi, Josh Dylan and Kiké Brimah will all reprise their roles from the first series.

Joining Noughts + Crosses for series two will be Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy, Surge) as Cara, an enigmatic new figure in Jude’s life. Further casting and characters for series two will be announced in due course.

Malorie Blackman, author of the Noughts & Crosses novels, says: “I am delighted that Noughts + Crosses is returning for a second series. 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 savour.”

Masali Baduza, who plays Sephy, says: “The journey continues! I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to Sephy’s story with our talented cast and crew.”

Jack Rowan, who plays Callum, says: “I’m buzzing to be returning as Callum in the next series of Noughts + Crosses. The show means a lot to me and it’s an honour to have brought Malorie Blackman’s creation to life on screen. Here’s to the continuation of a story we hold very close to our hearts. Looking forward to getting the team back together!”

Preethi Mavahalli and James Gandhi, Executive Producers for Mammoth Screen who are producing the series for the BBC, said: “We are delighted to be able to reunite our passionate and loyal cast and crew, led by writer Lydia Adetunji and director Koby Adom, for a second series. It is a privilege to revisit Malorie’s much-loved characters and bring Callum and Sephy’s iconic love story to its epic conclusion.”


Filming will begin next month in South Africa, and the series will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Noughts + Crosses series one is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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