Eleven, the producer of “Sex Education,” has announced the cast of the upcoming BBC and Netflix horror thriller “Red Rose.”
The eight-part series, created by Michael and Paul Clarkson (“See,” “The Haunting of Bly Manor”), explores the interaction between youth and their internet lives. The Red Rose app, which blooms on their iPhones and threatens them with dire consequences if they don’t meet its demands, infiltrates the kids’ friendships over the course of a long hot summer after high school. The programme introduces the gang to a mysterious entity and the dark web’s alluring power.
Along with Adam Nagaitis (“Chernobyl,” “The Terror”), Natalie Gavin (“Ali & Ava,” “Gentleman Jack”), and Samuel Anderson (“Landscapers,” “Doctor Who”), the cast includes Amelia Clarkson (“The Last Kingdom,” “Poldark”), Isis Hainsworth (“Metal Lords,” “Catherine Called Birdy”), Ali Khan (“Halo,” “The School For Good and Evil”) Harry Redding, who is now performing in London’s West End in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and Laurence Olivier Bursary winner Natalie Blair make their television debuts.
Ramon Salazar (Netflix thriller “Elite”), Henry Blake (BIFA and BAFTA nominated “County Lines”), and Lisa Siwe (“The Bridge,” “Temple”) direct “Red Rose,” with Camilla Bray serving as producer. Kharmel Cochrane (“Men,” “The Northman”) is in charge of casting. The show is shot in Bolton, in the North West of England.
“We are happy with the amazing group that we’ve recruited in ‘Red Rose,'” Michael and Paul Clarkson remarked. Their nuanced, tragic, and humorous performances have beautifully captured the spirit of the North. We can’t wait for everyone else to fall in love with them as much as we have. They’re representing Bolton – and us – admirably.”
“Red Rose” is a BBC Three and Netflix co-production between Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne). Eleven’s Joel Wilson, Carissa Hope Lynch, and Jamie Campbell, the BBC’s Nawfal Faizullah and Mona Qureshi, and Polly Williams are executive producers. Eleven has Olivia Trench as a co-executive producer.
“Working with Kharmel Cochrane to locate our great cast was a joy,” Wilson remarked. She has a knack for spotting unknown talent and making very remarkable decisions. Kharmel has outdone herself with Red Rose. Every single one of our cast members is incredible, and we are privileged to be working with them.”
“We’re thrilled that Michael and Paul’s outstanding scripts have attracted such a brilliant cast of rising talents, and we’re confident that audiences will enjoy this gang of misfits as they strive to survive Red Rose,” Faizullah added.
“Red Rose” will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, and internationally on Netflix. eOne is in charge of worldwide distribution.