Malorie Blackman's YA novel the Noughts and Crosses will be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham for a BBC One drama series, BBC News reported. The series, which is being produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark), is expected to air next year.
The project is based on the first book in the Noughts and Crosses series, which has won numerous honors, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Blackman, who was the U.K. Children's Laureate from 2013 to 2015, said, "I am beyond thrilled that Noughts and Crosses will be dramatized by the BBC--it couldn't have found a better home. Callum and Sephy seem to have meant a lot to readers over the years and I'm excited at the prospect of watching them on my TV."
Charlotte Moore, director, BBC Content, added: "Noughts and Crosses is the definitive book for a young adult audience and the perfect fit for BBC One. Superb, high octane compulsive storytelling set within an alternative history that explores really relevant themes about race, privilege and how we treat each other."