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Eleven, the producer of Sex Education, has announced a lineup of emerging talents for the upcoming BBC and Netflix horror thriller Red Rose.

The eight-part series Red Rose explores the relationship between youth and their internet life. Set during a long hot summer after high school, the Red Rose app infiltrates the teens’ friendships, blooming on their smartphones and menacing them with terrible repercussions if they don’t satisfy its demands. The software introduces the group to a supposedly supernatural creature as well as the enticing power of the dark web.

Amelia Clarkson, Isis Hainsworth, Ali Khan, Ellis Howard, and Ashna Rabheru will appear in the drama, which also includes Adam Nagaitis, Natalie Gavin, and Samuel Anderson. Harry Redding and Natalie Blair will be making their television debuts.


The new horror series is directed by Ramon Salazar, Henry Blake, and Lisa Siwe, and produced by Camilla Bray. Kharmel Cochrane is in charge of casting. The series is filmed in Bolton, North West England. Michael and Paul Clarkson said announcing Red Rose.

We are thrilled with the talented cast that we’ve assembled in ‘Red Rose.’ They have so brilliantly captured the spirit of the North with their nuanced, devastating and hilarious performances. We can’t wait for the rest of the world to fall in love with them, just as we have. They’re doing Bolton – and us – proud.

The drama is a BBC Three and Netflix co-production from Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne). Eleven’s Joel Wilson, Carissa Hope Lynch, and Jamie Campbell executive produce, the BBC’s Nawfal Faizullah and Mona Qureshi, and Polly Williams. Eleven’s co-executive producer is Olivia Trench. On the occasion Faizullah said,

We are delighted that Michael and Paul’s fantastic scripts have attracted such a brilliant cast of rising stars, and we’re sure audiences will love this gang of misfits as they fight to survive Red Rose.

Red Rose will be broadcast on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in the United Kingdom, and Netflix in the rest of the globe.

Bernard Bond

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