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'Chloe': release date, cast, plot, trailer, and everything we know

The cast for 'Chloe': Chloe (Poppy Gilbert), Elliott (Billy Howle), Becky (Erin Doherty), Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner), Richard (Jack Farthing) (L-R).
The cast for 'Chloe': Chloe (Poppy Gilbert), Elliott (Billy Howle), Becky (Erin Doherty), Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner), Richard (Jack Farthing) (L-R). (Image credit: BBC/Mam Tor)

Chloe is a new psychological thriller series that unites some of the biggest young names in the UK for a new mystery exploring our obsession with social media. 

The thrilling drama has been created by Alice Seabright (director, Sex Education) and it arrives on BBC1 this February, with an international premiere on Prime Video set for the future!

Here’s everything we know about Chloe...

'Chloe' release date 

Chloe will air on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 9pm on BBC1. The second episode will air at the same time on Monday, Feb. 7. The episodes will then air every Sunday and Monday evening for the next two weeks. 

All six, hour-long episodes will also be available as a boxset on BBCiplayer after the first episode has aired.

The psychological thriller will also be available to stream on Prime Video internationally, however, a date hasn't been confirmed yet. 

Who is in the 'Chloe' cast?

We know that Erin Doherty (The Crown), Billy Howle (The Serpent), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Gangs of London), Jack Farthing (Poldark), Poppy Gilbert (Stay Close), Akshay Khanna (Grace), Brandon Michael Hall (Search Party), and newcomer Alexander Eliot will all be tangled up in this brand-new mystery.

What's the plot? 

Chloe is described as "a mystery about obsession, deceit, identity and grief". It follows Becky (Erin Doherty) a young woman who still lives with her mum. She’s working as a temp and is living her life through the apparently flawless lives of social media influencers. In particular, Becky has become obsessed with an Instagram account owned by Chloe (Poppy Gilbert). 

When her idol suddenly passes away, Becky adopts a new identity as “Sasha” so she can infiltrate Chloe’s circle of friends and uncover what happened to the social media starlet. As her "Sasha" alter-ego, Becky becomes a larger-than-life heroine living a far more exciting life than her actual one. Will Becky lose herself completely in the game she’s playing? Only time will tell...

Seabright says: “Becky is a complex, courageous heroine and there is no one better to play her than Erin. All these characters have been a dream to write, and it now feels like they’ve found their soulmates in our amazing cast. I can’t wait to start bringing the show to life with them, and with our wonderful crew."

The show is set to take full advantage of its Bristol setting, as the show will feature artwork from local artists from the region and an original score from Will Gregory (one-half of electronic music dup, Goldfrapp). 

What happens in episode 1?

Becky is unsatisfied with her working life and still living at home with her mum. She sneaks into a Royal West of England Academy of Art show by giving a fake name and ends up having a one-night stand with a man called Josh after introducing herself to him as "Helena".

The next morning, she blocks a number she received two missed calls from, presuming it was Josh trying to keep in touch. She spots Chloe's followers mourning her death on her latest Instagram post.  Later that day, a police officer asks why Becky received two missed phone calls from Chloe; Becky says she didn't know Chloe even had her number.

Becky takes matters into her own hands to find out whether Chloe really did die by suicide or not. She spies on Chloe's funeral and identifies some of her closest friends. The bulk of the first episode follows Becky as she adopts her new identity as Sasha, creates opportunities to encounter Livia, the first person she tries to get to know.

Her cover is almost blown when Livia tries to introduce her to Josh, but she confronts him about her false identities and tells him to back off. Later, Becky gets herself invited to stay for dinner at Livia's, and she meets the rest of Chloe's friends and her husband, Elliot, whom she later follows home.

When she returns home, Becky finds the photo albums she'd asked her mother to find. Mixed in with them she finds a memory box containing a Smiths CD with a note written to her from Chloe inside. This album contains the song from which the quote that was posted on Instagram the night Chloe died came. The two clearly shared a childhood connection before going their separate ways... is that why Becky is so set on finding out what happened?!

Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner).

Becky uses Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner, above) to get closer to Chloe's friends.  (Image credit: BBC/Mam Tor)

Is there a trailer for 'Chloe'? 

Yes! It shows Becky adopting her new identity as Sasha in the wake of Chloe's mysterious death, but as people start to realise that she isn't who she's pretending to be, her life and lies start to unravel... 

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.