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Noughts + Crosses season 2: Release date, cast, trailer, latest news for BBC series

Sephy and Callum's story continues... **CONTAINS SPOILERS**

Callum and Sephy in Noughts and Crosses
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Published: Wednesday, 13th April 2022 at 11:30 am

After a cliffhanger that deviated greatly from the book, Noughts + Crosses fans have been waiting patiently to discover the fate of fan-favourite alternate world couple Callum and Sephy.

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After a year of no news, things were looking bleak for the dystopian drama - but the BBC has finally confirmed that a second season is on the way, with production already in full swing.

So we'll all be heading back to Albion - aka a parallel world United Kingdom - once more to follow the star-crossed lovers in a world where white people (known as "Noughts") are governed by a ruling black class ("Crosses").

Here's everything we know about the upcoming season - but beware, because spoilers for the entire first season follow!

**Spoiler warning for Noughts + Crosses season 1**

Will there be a Noughts + Crosses season 2?

Yes! The show didn't have the strongest launch figures, with an overnight audience of 2.5 million watching the first episode on BBC One – down on the slot average of 3.1m.

However, Noughts + Crosses appealed strongly to younger viewers, scoring a 13.3 per cent share of the 16-34-year-old demographic.

This might explain why the BBC took so long to mull over a second season - but finally in May 2021, a year after the release of season one, it was confirmed that a follow-up was on the way.

Noughts + Crosses season 2 release date

Noughts + Crosses season 2 will be released on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 26th April 2022.

The entire second season will be released in one box set on BBC iPlayer so fans will be able to binge-watch the episodes in their entirety.

The season is expected to consist of six episodes in line with the first season.

Noughts + Crosses cast: Who will return?

Sephy Hadley (MASALI BADUZA), Callum McGregor (JACK ROWAN)
Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor in Noughts + Crosses season two  BBC/Mammoth Screen/Ilze Kitshoff

Of the main cast, the following have all been confirmed for the second season of Noughts + Crosses.

  • Masali Baduza (Persephone "Sephy" Hadley)
  • Jack Rowan (Callum McGregor)
  • Helen Baxendale (Meggie McGregor)
  • Paterson Joseph (Home Secretary Kamal Hadley)
  • Kiké Brimah (Minerva Hadley)
  • Bonnie Mbuli (Jasmine Hadley)
  • Jonathan Ajayi (Lekan)

The first season left the fates of both Callum's brother Jude (Josh Dylan) and LM leader Jack Dorn (Shaun Dingwall) up in the air – the two men tussled and a gunshot rang out, though we didn't find out who - if anyone - had been killed or injured.

However, Dylan has been confirmed for season two whereas Dingwall has not, which would line up with book events where Jude survives to play a big part in future instalments unlike 'Andrew' Dorn (Jack's book equivalent) who has a much more limited role.

Albion will also have some new residents this time around - Robert Hands (Endeavour) will join as the mysterious new character Clem, while Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy) will be playing Cara, a Cross who becomes an unlikely love interest for Jude in the second book Knife Edge.

Noughts + Crosses books: What happens next?

**SPOILERS FOLLOW**

The first season of Noughts + Crosses adapts the 2001 novel of the same name, with 2004's Knife Edge being the next book in the series.

Three more books then follow – Checkmate (2005), Double Cross (2008) and Crossfire (2019), with one final entry in the series – Endgame – in the works.

Though you might expect season two of the TV show to adapt Knife Edge, the climax to the first season of Noughts + Crosses appears to diverge from the first book's storyline, which could have big ramifications for what follows.

Noughts + Crosses (the book) ends with Callum being executed after his relationship with Sephy, and the fact that she is carrying his child, is exposed.

Noughts + Crosses (the TV series) ends with the two lovers both still alive, but on the run. Given that Knife Edge sees both Sephy and Callum's brother Jude still reeling from his death, it's hard to see how the BBC could bring a faithful adaptation of that book to the screen with Callum still in the picture.

So is TV show going to have Callum stick around and forge its own path going forward? It's possible, but comments by Malorie Blackman seem to suggest that this isn't the plan.

Blackman's statement suggests that a second season of Noughts + Crosses would bring the final act of the first book to the screen, including Callum's death, with future episodes then going on to adapt the events of Knife Edge and the novels that follow.

However, even if that is the case, that does not mean the show will not diverge from the books in other ways - in a press release Blackman has promised "surprises" for book fans.

Blackman said: "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."

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Noughts + Crosses season 1 is available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer – visit our Drama hub for more news or check out what else is on with our TV Guide

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