BBC Three has ordered Red Rose, an eight episode teen horror series that hails from Michael Clarkson, Paul Clarkson, independent production company Eleven, and Entertainment One (eOne).
Red Rose follows a disparate group of teenagers, adrift in the long hot summer following GCSEs, hanging out on the Bolton moors with little sense of direction or purpose now that school is over. Rumours circulate of the Red Rose app, an urban legend that blooms on the smartphones of teenagers, encouraging them to undertake a series of challenges increasingly dangerous in its demands.
On the fringes of her group of friends, Rochelle Jackson downloads the mysterious app, naively inviting darkness into her life. What she sets in motion is a series of events that take the town by storm, and bring the friends together to battle the unseen forces of a seemingly supernatural entity. The series is a co-production between Eleven and eOne. The executive producers are Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell for Eleven, Polly Williams for eOne, and Mona Qureshi for the BBC. Olivia Trench will co-executive produce for Eleven. The BBC said casting would be announced in due course. eOne will handle global sales.
“We’re thrilled that our first show will be with the BBC. We’ve been working in LA for a while now, so the opportunity to return to the UK for our own show is incredible. Red Rose is a love letter to our hometown and childhood”, the Clarkson twins said. “We get to explore what challenges face the bright but opportunity starved teenagers of today. Working on the Haunting of Hill House has prepared us well to undertake this genre driven challenge. We can’t think of a better home for it than the BBC. It’s gonna be well good!”
“In Red Rose, the rude, crude and utterly outspoken nature of Michael and Paul’s characters collides brilliantly with the chills and thrills of a very contemporary horror story”, commented the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the series alongside BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell. “The result is a seductive mash up with a point of view and tone all of its own. We are delighted to be working with the Clarksons on their series which marks their return to British TV.”
While Polly Williams, eOne’s Head of Scripted Development – UK Television, added: “Red Rose manages to combine thrilling genre with engaging characters and humour which makes it very special. As we continue to build our UK business, we couldn’t be more thrilled to team up with wonderful partners in BBC, Eleven and The Clarksons to bring such a unique piece to life.”