After an immaculate cliffhanger (that kind of deviated from the book), Noughts + Crosses fans have been waiting patiently to discover what’s up with their favourite series. For a year, things did seem pretty bleak as far as the renewal of the dystopian drama is concerned. However, recently, BBC confirmed season 2 – said, “season 2 production is in full swing!”
Malorie Blackman, author of the Noughts and Crosses novels, says: “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.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Noughts + Crosses season 2!
Noughts + Crosses season 2: Will there be a season 2 of the series?
Yes. As aforesaid, BBC has already confirmed the renewal of the second instalment of the series.
Initially, the show didn’t have the strongest launch figures. It had 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. This may be a possible reason as to why BBC decided to green light the show.
Noughts + Crosses season 2 release date: When’s it going to premiere?
Noughts + Crosses season 2 will be released on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 26th April 2022.
Owing to the official announcements made by the makers, season 2 will comprise six episodes. Stay tuned for more updates!
Noughts + Crosses season 2 cast: Who’s going to be in the star cast?
The following cast members have been confirmed for Noughts + Crosses season 2.
- 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 tousled and a gunshot rang out, though we didn’t find out who – if anyone – had been killed or injured.
However, Dingwall has not been confirmed for the second season. Albion will also have some new residents this time around – Robert Hands (Endeavour) will join as the mysterious new character Clem. 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 season 2 plot: What to expect?
At the end of Season 1, we saw Sephy rebelling against her powerful father, Kamal Hadley. She refused to go to the University.
Before leaving the family home, she has a heart-to-heart with her sister, revealing her future is “not just about me anymore”. She is later seen throwing up before touching her stomach, confirming that she’s pregnant.
Her father tries to stop Sephy and Callum from leaving. However, then she reveals her pregnancy to her father, who is shell-shocked but lets the pair leave as they’d intended. By the end of the episode, we see that the pair are hidden away somewhere remote and rural.
The official plot synopsis for series two doesn’t give much away, either! It reads: “Jack Rowan and Masali will return as Callum and Sephy, now desperately attempting to flee Albion in search of a new life together, while the city they left behind ignites in the wake of Sephy’s ‘kidnap’ and the devastating events of series one.”