Jay Z’s Roc Nation to produce TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts and Crosses’

The show "explores issues of race and discrimination through such a provocative and unexpected lens".

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation will produce an anticipated TV production of Malorie Blackman’s acclaimed novel Noughts & Crosses.

The YA book has remained consistently popular since its release in 2001 and tells the story of a world tipped on its head, where white people suffer widespread prejudice at the hands of a black ruling class.

It’s now been confirmed that Roc Nation will join Participant Media in executive producing the series. They’ll also handle the soundtrack for the anticipated adaptation.


Although specific details of the show are yet to emerge, it’s expected to follow the story of young friends Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their colour. Sephy is a “Cross,” a prominent member of the black ruling class and the daughter of a powerful politician.

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Callum, meanwhile, is a Nought and a member of the oppressed white class.

Describing the forthcoming BBC series, Participant Media’s Jonathan King told Variety: “When we saw ‘Noughts & Crosses,’ we were captivated immediately. Music and popular culture are huge parts of the fabric of the show, and we couldn’t be more excited that Roc Nation is joining the team.”

Roc Nation’s Patrick Reardon said: ““We are thrilled to partner with Mammoth Screen and Participant Media on this series, which explores issues of race and discrimination through such a provocative and unexpected lens”.

A release date is yet to be revealed.


Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Malorie Blackman will become Doctor Who’s first black screenwriter, penning episodes for the 11th season which starts this Sunday.

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