Noughts + Crosses will be back to tell the next chapter of Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor's love story, the BBC has confirmed.
A second series of the hit drama, which aired its first series in spring 2020, has officially been commissioned, with filming set to begin in South Africa next month.
The new series will immerse viewers once again in the world created by writer Malorie Blackman, the author of the successful Noughts & Crosses book series, with the action set to pick up soon after the series one finale in which Sephy and Callum ran away together in search of a new life.
Series two will see the pair desperately attempting to flee Albion, while the city they left behind ignites in the wake of Sephy's 'kidnap' and the devastating events of the series one finale.
Masali Baduza and Jack Rowan will both return as Sephy and Callum respectively, while Paterson Joseph will also return as Sephy's father Kamal Hadley and Helen Baxendale will reprise her role as Meggie McGregor, Callum's mother.
Also set to return are Bonnie Mbuli (Jasmine Hadley), Jonathan Ajayi (Lieutenant Lekan Baako), Josh Dylan (Jude McGregor) and Kiké Brimah (Minerva Hadley).
There will be some new faces joining the cast too, with Top Boy star Jasmine Jobson set to play Cara, an enigmatic new figure in Jude's life. Endeavour actor Robert Hands is also on board, with the star taking on the role of Clem. Further casting is expected to be announced shortly.
Blackman said of the show's renewal: "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."
Sephy star Baduza said that she is "grateful for the opportunity to return to Sephy's story", while Callum actor Rowan added that he is "buzzing" to be reprising his role, saying: "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."
Preethi Mavahalli and James Gandhi, executive producers for Mammoth Screen, which produces the drama for the BBC, suggested that this could be the last series we get with Sephy and Callum, however, saying: "It is a privilege to revisit Malorie's much-loved characters and bring Callum and Sephy's iconic love story to its epic conclusion."
The four-part second series will be written by Lydia Adetunji and Jerome Bucchan-Nelson, while Koby Adom returns to direct.
Noughts + Crosses series two will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The first series is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.
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