Noughts + Crosses: Series 1 (2020)


Series 1
Noughts + Crosses

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A brilliantly realized adaptation, Noughts + Crosses's powerful moments pack a stronger punch than its potentially problematic premise.

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Cast

Masali Baduza
as Sephy Hadley
Jack Rowan (II)
as Callum McGregor
Helen Baxendale
as Meggie McGregor
Paterson Joseph
as Kamal Hadley
Shaun Dingwall
as Jack Dorn
Josh Dylan
as Jude McGregor

Critic Reviews for Noughts + Crosses Series 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Noughts + Crosses has everything going for it. A great young cast. An exciting plot. A cameo from Stormzy.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Fans who grew up loving Malorie Blackman's books may find such trenchant revisions a surprise - but the drama that has been made from them is properly incendiary.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

As a love story it's not much cop, and the reason I probably won't watch much more: she's boring and earnest, and he is reedy and insipid.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

These Noughts + Crosses characters don't yet have complexity and nuance to match its world-building... Even so, this is vital viewing.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Noughts + Crosses is made up of powerful moments.

Mar 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Noughts + Crosses' existence feels apt at a time in which racist discourse is increasingly normalised in the shadow of Trump and Brexit. And is it bad to take pleasure in the hernias it will induce in certain right-wing, BBC-bashing commentators?

Mar 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The premise wasn't subtle, but it still punched you, repeatedly, with darkly familiar phrases and jarring visual shocks.

Mar 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's an instructional drama, and a very likeable one. Even if it sometimes falls short of subtlety or complexity, its purpose in prompting audiences of every background to imagine themselves in another skin is still vital.

Apr 3, 2020 | Full Review…

With these exceptional elements, Noughts + Crosses feels like a series on the cusp of greatness. But it doesn't quite get there.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

So far, it's sharply adapted and just subtle enough, and the guiltily shocked reaction of Sephy when she accidentally calls someone a "blanker" - the one word guaranteed to get Noughts' hackles up - still resonates.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

True, it's not exactly subtle, but it makes you notice what, generally, you don't notice because you are white -- or at least, because I am white -- and it is extremely powerful.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If this is meant to be a parable with the colours reversed, then it is a dishonest one, and a hypocritical one too - running the risk of stirring up the very prejudices it pretends to condemn.

Mar 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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