PUBLISHED: 12:45, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:23, Wed, Mar 4, 2020
Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses has been a fan-favourite since the book was first published in 2001 and is still considered a modern-day classic. Now, 19 years later, a television series based on the book will be aired on BBC for viewers to get their teeth into. The first instalment will be released on this week on Thursday, March 5, at 9pm.
According to the Noughts and Crosses book synopsis: “Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class” while Callum is a “colourless member of the underclass” who were once slaves to the Crosses.
The two grew up together but when their friendship turns to romance, this sparks trouble and danger for the pair of them as their lives are surrounded by prejudice, worsened by the racist decisions of the Crosses and the violent terrorist activity of the Noughts.
This 21st Century love story has since been developed for the small screen with actress Masali Baduza taking on the role of Sephy and Jack Rowan as her lover Callum.
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What is the biggest difference between Malorie Blackman's book and the Noughts and Crosses series? (Image: BBC)
Noughts and Crosses is based on the book of the same name by Malorie Blackman. (Image: BBC)
Speaking at the screening for Noughts and Crosses last night (Monday, March 2), executive producer Preethi Mavahalli explained the reasons behind the major change the makers of the television series had made.
In Blackman’s novel, Callum and Sephy are 16-years-old and he is invited to study at Heathcroft, a prestigious school for Crosses.
However, in the new adaptation, they are both around 18 and Callum instead is trying to get a place at a military academy which is predominantly attended by Crosses but are starting to let Noughts in.
Mavahalli says making the protagonists older was an important