Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel Noughts and Crosses is to be made into a BBC One drama series.
The adaptation will be based on the critically-acclaimed first book in the Noughts and Crosses series, set in a dystopian society where black people are the ruling class.
It tells the forbidden interracial love story between Sephy, a “Cross” and politician’s daughter; and Callum, a “Nought” and member of the underclass.
The drama is expected to air next year.
The adventures of a twin boy and girl that have sold 21 million children’s books over the past 53 years are to be turned into a TV series.
But BBC producers have had to plump for two unrelated lookalikes to play Topsy and Tim after failing to find a suitable set of siblings.
Jocelyn Macnab and Joshua Lester, both seven, will fill the roles of the five-year-olds in the 60-part show.
It will be the first live drama to air on CBeebies.
Author Jean Adamson said she was, “tickled pink that Topsy and Tim are still relevant to today’s audiences”.
David Walliams’s best-selling childrens book Gangsta Granny is to be brought to life as a Christmas family drama for the BBC. The tale follows last year’s seasonal special when another of his novels, Mr Stink, was adapted starring Hugh Bonneville as a kindly tramp. Walliams will work on the script along with Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley who have previously worked on Gnomeo and Juliet and Robbie The Reindeer. The hour-long BBC1 film, which has yet to be cast, revolves around schoolboy Ben who is bored at his grandmother’s house until he learns she was formerly an international jewel thief and has been plotting to steal the crown jewels.The story was first published in 2011…