What is British thriller series Red Rose about?

Red Rose. Isis Hainsworth as Rochelle Mason in Red Rose. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
Red Rose. Isis Hainsworth as Rochelle Mason in Red Rose. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

From the producers of Sex Education comes a terrifying new British horror drama series revolving around a bunch of teenagers in the small town of Bolton, England who start using an alluring, but dangerous, social media app known as Red Rose. What happens when it’s not just your phone battery that could die from using an app, but the user, too?

Something of a cross between Nerve, Black Mirror, Countdown, and other miscellaneous horror films revolving around killer apps, Red Rose promises to be an engaging thriller centered on the age of social media and teenage phone addiction.

Those living in the UK might have already seen Red Rose as the series was originally released by BBC Three in August 2022 and became available via the BBC iPlayer. Netflix is handling the international distribution, so the rest of the world can start watching it on Wednesday, February 15.

Metal Lords actress Amelia Clarkson stars as Rochelle “Roch” Mason. She’s joined by Amelia Clarkson, Natalie Blair, Ellis Howard, Ali Khan, Ashna Rabheru, Adam Nagaitis, Natalie Gavin, Samuel Anderson, and more.

When is Red Rose coming to Netflix?

Red Rose is releasing internationally on Netflix starting on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

Red Rose plot synopsis

Here’s the logline shared by Netflix:

"A ragtag crew of teens must survive a summer of terror after downloading an app that makes dangerous demands with deadly consequences."

Is Red Rose based on a book?

No, the show is not based on a book. It’s from creators Michael and Paul Clarkson. The Clarkson twins have worked on other popular shows like The Haunting of Bly Manor and Amazon’s Wheel of Time series.

How many episodes is Red Rose?

There are eight episodes of Red Rose, and each one runs about 45 minutes.

Red Rose age rating

Even though Red Rose appears to be aimed at teens, it is rated TV-MA for language, substance use, and suicide, so parents might want to tread cautiously before letting their kids watch.

Red Rose trailer

Netflix hasn’t released the trailer officially through their YouTube channel, but you can watch it on the title’s page on the website under “episodes and more.”

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