Noughts + Crosses: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Noughts + Crosses

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Though handsomely produced and full of charming performances, Noughts + Crosses fails to capture the scope of its source material, leaving little room for nuance in its revisionist history.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 18

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Air date: Mar 5, 2020

In London, Black Cross police officers break up a white Nought party and injure Danny; his friend Callum, also a Nought, and Sephy, the daughter of a powerful Cross politician, fall in love amid racial tensions.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2020

Callum and Sephy try to get some alone time; militia leader Jack Dorn is arrested but strikes a deal; Sephy's jealous boyfriend, Lieutenant Lekan, goes on a violent rampage against interracial couples; Callum's dad gets fired.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2020

Lekan plots an attack during a Nought holiday and Callum is among those posted in the security detail; Jude confronts him, but Callum shows restraint and pays a price; Callum and Sephy continue their relationship but get caught up in a bomb attack.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2020

Albion is shaken by the aftermath of the bombing at Demwa Hospital; Sephy makes a mistake that changes Callum's life forever; Ryan faces an impossible choice; as the pressure on Opal grows, Kamal lays the groundwork to push her out once and for all.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2020

When the McGregor family receives life-changing news, Callum desperately tries to discover the truth and winds up committing to the cause; Sephy makes a discovery that forces her to question everything.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2020

Now working with the Liberation Militia, Callum makes a bold decision and arrives at a monumental discovery; a deal with Sephy's father is made; Jack goes rogue and his betrayal comes with a steep price.

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Cast & Crew

Masali Baduza
Sephy Hadley

Actor
Jack Rowan
Callum McGregor

Actor
Helen Baxendale
Meggie McGregor

Actor
Paterson Joseph
Kamal Hadley

Actor
Shaun Dingwall
Jack Dorn

Actor
Josh Dylan
Jude McGregor

Actor
Jonathan Ajayi
Lekan Baako

Actor
Kiké Brimah
Minerva Hadley

Actor
Rakie Ayola
Opal Folami

Actor
Bonnie Mbuli
Jasmine Hadley

Actor
Ian Hart
Ryan McGregor

Actor
Oliver Dench
Anthony

Actor
Ore Oduba
News Anchor Obiora Akintola

Actor
Jodie Tyack
Elaine Sawyer

Actor
Joe Vaz
Mr Okonjo

Actor
Romario Simpson
Barnaby Mabunda

Actor
Luke Bailey
Yaro Baloyi

Actor
Zikhona Mda
Imari Moradeyo

Actor
Christia Visser
Nicola Williams

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Inge Beckmann
The Druid

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Preethi Mavahalli
Executive Producer
Kibwe Tavares
Executive Producer
Patrick Reardon
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Miura Kite
Executive Producer
Ben Irving
Executive Producer
Damien Timmer
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Critic Reviews for Noughts + Crosses: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Noughts + Crosses: Season 1

  • Nov 19, 2021
    It was essentially just reverse-role Apartheid. There was no humor, too many clichés, and overall just terrible acting.
  • Feb 15, 2021
    An entertaining and thought-provoking series, really beautifully produced. Hilarious how many white people here seem threatened by a show that simply retells history through a flipped racial lens.
  • Oct 26, 2020
    Strong enough first season. I don't love 'Noughts + Crosses', at least not yet, but it is still an opening season that I did enjoy sufficiently. The concept is no doubt an interesting and fairly complex one, it throws up interesting scenarios and thoughts. With that said, for season two, I hope they are a bit more neater with the real life parallels. A lot of them here do feel very forced, particularly the "blanca" thing. I can certainly see what they're attempting but as a programme it needs to be a bit more creative - and not just rely on the real world. The noughts/crosses thing itself is cool, though part of me feels like they could've left it in the title/credits and that's it. It goes with what I said a moment ago, it comes across as forced - especially across the opening few episodes. It isn't a difficult thing to understand, so we don't need it repeated so often - in my opinion, it would've been way better if it was subtly left in the title/credits. Cast-wise it's decent. Masali Baduza (Sephy) is the best actor onscreen, I thoroughly enjoyed her whole performance across the six episodes. I also liked Jonathan Ajayi, as Lekan, despite the obvious; he plays his character very well. Jack Rowan (Callum) is the best of the rest, though Paterson Joseph (Kamal), Helen Baxendale (Meggie) and Shaun Dingwall (Dorn) are solid too. A bit more subtlety and creativity would go a long way, so hopefully they improve in those regards in season two; assuming it happens, which I hope it does. All in all, very much worth a watch.
  • Oct 13, 2020
    The whole premise seems like massive cliche, even for kids' entertainment.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    This race-reversal story of apartheid is cringe-worthy in its desire to be relevant and important. It's actually just boring and cliched, though sometimes visually appealing.

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