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Noughts and Crosses season 2 — release date, cast, plot and everything we know

Noughts and Crosses season 2
Masali Baduza as Sephy and Jack Rowan as Callum. (Image credit: BBC)

Noughts and Crosses season 2  will see viewers taken back to the dangerous, alternate world of Albion, and it's just about to get underway!

Based on the novels of the same name (opens in new tab), the second season will continue the story of Callum and Sephy who are desperately trying to flee the city in search of a new life together.

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 we know so far...

Noughts and Crosses season 2 release date

Noughts and Crosses season 2 kicks off on Tuesday, April 26 at 10.40 pm on BBC One. New episodes will air on the channel on a weekly basis, but if you want to sit down and watch it all in one go, the whole series is available to stream on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)right now. 

The first season of Noughts and Crosses is currently available on-demand via iPlayer and on Peacock over in the US. 

There is currently no release date for season 2 in the US but we will update this page as soon as it is announced. The first season hit Peacock in September 2020, six months after the UK premiere, so we expect it to drop on the NBCUniversal platform at some point in late 2022.

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 Paterson Joseph, Bonnie Mbuli and Kiké Brimah. (Image credit: BBC)

What is the plot of Noughts and Crosses season 2?

Once again, we'll return to dystopian London where Sephy and Callum have fallen in love against the odds. However, their relationship is forbidden as Sephy is a black elite woman known as a 'Cross', and Callum is part of the white underclass known as 'Noughts'. 

At the end of Season 1, we saw Sephy rebelling against her powerful father Kamal Hadley by refusing to go to 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.

Kamal tries to stop Sephy and Callum from leaving, but 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."

Who's in the cast?

Noughts and Crosses season 2 will see many of the original cast reprising their roles. Masali Baduza and Jack Rowan will return as lead characters Sephy and Callum and are joined by a great cast.

Masali Baduza says: “The journey continues! I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to Sephy’s story with our talented cast and crew.”

Jack Rowan adds: “I’m buzzing to be returning as Callum in the next series of Noughts + Crosses. The show means a lot to me and it’s an honour to have brought Malorie Blackman’s creation to life on screen. Here’s to the continuation of a story we hold very close to our hearts. Looking forward to getting the team back together!”

Recently, the actor, rapper and comedian Michael Dapaah was announced as Mensah, a powerful and well-known TV personality whose influence stretches far across Albion. Mensah has a fractious relationship with his onscreen co-host, Chidi Abara, who will be played by Strictly Come Dancing star Judi Love.

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Judi Love and Michael Dapaah in season 2. (Image credit: BBC)

Speaking about his role, Michael Dapaah said: “Joining the series was a honor, especially because of how renowned Malorie Blackman’s novels are and what they represent. I enjoyed watching season one and I’m a fan of director Koby Adom’s previous work. 

"For me, it was time to properly enter the world of acting and this was a great introduction for me. I wanted to show people and myself that I can play a role which isn’t so heavily comedic and can do so much more, and I found this character Mensah really entertaining, which is always a bonus."

Here's the cast as it stands...

  • Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Safe House)
  • Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Cuckoo
  • Bonnie Mbuli 
  • Jonathan Ajayi (The Drifters, Wonder Woman 1984)
  • Josh Dylan (The Little Stranger, Allied)
  • Kiké Brimah (Love Type D)
  • Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy, Surge)
  • Robert Hands (Endeavour, Jonathan Strange)
  • Michael Dapaah (Somewhere in London)
  • Judi Love (Strictly Come Dancing)

Is there a trailer for season 2?

Yes, we finally have a trailer for Noughts and Crosses season 2! It's only 30 seconds long and doesn't give too much away but you can watch it below...