After a wildly successful launch, Noughts + Crosses is officially returning for a second season in the new year and fans have already been treated to a first look.
The series - based on Malorie Blackman's best-selling book - wowed BBC viewers back in March 2020 and fans have been waiting patiently to see where creators take the story next.
Noughts + Crosses is set in an alternate world, in which African people won technological advantage over European people and made them their slaves. And while slavery has been abolished in the years that the series takes place, there's still a social divide in which black people rule over white.
While Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza return as forbidden lovers Callum and Sephy, Paterson Joseph, Helen Baxendale, Bonnie Mbuli, Jonathan Ajayi, Josh Dylan and Kiké Brimah are all set to reprise their roles from the first series.
Joining the Noughts + Crosses cast for series two will be Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy) as Cara, an enigmatic new figure in Jude’s life, and Robert Hands (Endeavour) as Clem.
Looking ahead to season two of the drama series, BBC One teased a photo of lead characters Masali and Rowan holding each other in an undeniably tense scene.
According to the BBC, season two will see 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."
Recap with the trailer for season one here:
Creators have remained tight-lipped on any other details ahead of the show's second season, and it seems that author Malorie Blackman can hardly contain her excitement.
Reacting to the first look at season two, she tweeted: "Woot! Noughts + Crosses series 2 is coming! And it's going to be AWESOME! (I've read the scripts!) I can't wait. #NoughtsandCrosses."
Noughts + Crosses season two will launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2022. Season one is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.