Noughts & Crosses
  • Noughts & Crosses

  • A full-cast dramatisation of Malorie Blackman's bestselling novel, starring Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) as Sephy and Rikki Lawton as Callum.

    Callum and Sephy have known each other since they were babies, when his Mum worked for hers. But Callum is a Nought - a second class citizen - and Sephy a Cross, one of the elite. Her father is also one of the country's leading policiticians. No matter how much they may want to be together, the world is telling them they can't. And soon bigger things will prevail. Like the bombing...

    Also included is a bonus episode of 'Word of Mouth' in which Michael Rosen talks to Malorie Blackman about language: the writing that has shaped her and her lifelong love of reading.

    Sephy ..... Zawe Ashton
    Callum ..... Rikki Lawton
    Meggie/Jasmine ..... Adjoa Andoh
    Ryan/Andrew Dorn ..... Carl Prekopp
    Jude ..... Alex Lanipekun
    Lynette/Sarah ..... Tracy Wiles
    Kamal ..... Jude Akuwudike
    Kelani Adams ..... Nikki Amuka Bird
    Mr Pingule ..... Israel Oyelumade
    Mr Stoll ..... Richard Pepple
    Soanes ..... Gerard McDermott
    Shania ..... Victoria Inez Hardy

    Adapted by Janice Okoh
    Director/Producer Marion Nancarrow

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 25 February 2012

Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children's Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children's in summer 2019.

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