BBC, Mammoth Gear Up YA Race Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’ With ‘Being Human’ Creator, Director Kibwe Tavares

Company News April 10, 2018

BBC One and Mammoth Screen have set rising UK filmmaker Kibwe Tavares to direct the first three episodes of anticipated drama Noughts And Crosses. The team is gearing up to shoot the dystopian YA adaptation later this year as a 6x60min drama and there are discussions going on at the moment to potentially bring aboard a sizeable U.S. partner.

Overseas interest is understandable. Malorie Blackman’s buzzed-about YA book series takes place in an alternate 21st-century Britain in which whites and blacks are segregated following centuries in which Africans had a technological and infrastructural superiority over Europeans who they made their slaves. The series, first announced in summer 2016, will chart the forbidden love story between ‘Cross’ Sephy, a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician, and ‘Nought’ Callum, a white member of the underclass.

Writer Levi David Addai (Youngers) and Life On Mars co-creator Matthew Graham have moved on from the project which is now being script-led by Being Human creator and Doctor Who director Toby Whithouse with Lydia Adetunji (Riviera) and Nathaniel Price (Five By Five). Their adaptation is based on the first book in Blackman’s series, which won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award.

Executive producers for Mammoth Screen are Preethi Mavahalli and Managing Director Damien Timmer. Producer is Johann Knobel (Shameless).