Red Rose: BBC Three release date, trailer, and cast

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Horror drama Red Rose, about an app that lures and coerces teenagers into dangerous activities, will be released on BBC Three and iPlayer in mid-August

Red Rose, a new horror drama for the smartphone era, comes to BBC Three and iPlayer on Monday 15 August.

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The series, which has eight episodes in total, stars Amelia Clarkson and Isis Hainsworth as two school friends who are haunted by a strange phone app in the summer after their GCSEs.

Here’s everything you need to know about Red Rose.

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What is “Red Rose” about?

Red Rose follows a group of school friends through the long summer between GCSE exams and GCSE results. On the loose end, one of the group downloads an app called Red Rose – one that starts making stranger and stranger demands of the friends.

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What started out as a seemingly innocent gamble only continues to escalate and become ever more dangerous, until it turns out that Red Rose isn’t just a code sequence, but something much darker – maybe even something supernatural…

Who is starring in “Red Rose”?

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Amelia Clarkson as Wren holding up her phone. Gathered behind her are Ali Khan as Taz, Ashna Rabheru as Jaya, Natalie Blair as Ashley, Ellis Howard as Antony and Harry Redding as Noah (Credit: BBC/Eleven Film/Vishal Sharma).

Amelia Clarkson plays Wren, the main character. You probably know Clarkson from Poldark, where she played Rosina, or from The Last Kingdom, where she played Aelflaed. As a child actress, she appeared in Jane Eyre (2011) and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Isis Hainsworth plays Rochelle, who downloads Red Rose to her phone. Hainsworth has appeared in the Netflix film Metal Lords, the BBC Four series of monologues Skint and the Jane Austen adaptation Emma. She is next seen in Lena Dunham’s film Catherine Called Birdy.

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Harry Redding plays Noah, whom Wren has a crush on (and Rochelle is jealous of). Redding makes his screen debut in Red Rose.

Who writes and directs Red Rose?

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The series was written by Michael and Paul Clarkson, themselves from Bolton, where Red Rose is set. Interestingly, they are also twins.

The Clarksons, only in their early 30s, have previously collaborated on Netflix horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor, Apple TV+ sci-fi drama See, and Amazon’s answer to Game of Thrones equivalent The Wheel of Time.

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Lisa Siwe (The Bridge), Henry Blake (County Lines) and Ramón Salazar (Elite) are each credited with directing episodes of Red Rose.

Is there a trailer

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There is a short teaser that you can watch here.

When and how can I see Red Rose?

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All eight episodes of Red Rose are available to watch as a box set on BBC iPlayer from Monday 15th August.

The series will air on Monday evenings on BBC Three on regular television, with a repeat on BBC One planned in the coming months.

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Red Rose is a Netflix co-production, meaning it will be available on the streaming service later this year. It seems like the kind of show that will prove popular on Netflix, so watch it now to stay ahead of the curve.

How many episodes does Red Rose have?

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The first series of Red Rose consists of eight episodes, each about 45 minutes long.

Where is Red Rose playing?

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Red Rose is set and filmed in Bolton.

Why should I see Red Rose?

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It’s one to watch if you like your teen drama with a horror twist – if you’ve previously enjoyed things like the Nerve movie, the Black Mirror episode Shut Up and Dance, or the Escape Room movies, this might be just the thing for you as well.

Alternatively, see if you like the Netflix series Elite – as it shares a director with the Spanish hit – or indeed a show about teenagers in increasingly dangerous situations.

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