One Day

One Day

TV-MA

netflix

An intimate, bittersweet adaptation that gives justice to David Nicholl’s novel

7.8

TV Show

United Kingdom
English
Drama
2024
MOLLY MANNERS
Amber Grappy, Ambika Mod, Essie Davis
28 min

TLDR

Whoever thought to cast Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod together… Thank you.

What it's about

On the night of their graduation, Emma and Dexter meet for the first time, intending to go their separate ways, though the succeeding years prove that fate has other plans.

The take

With a film version that didn’t live up to the hype of the original novel, Netflix’s adaptation of One Day released just in time to wreck the fans’ hearts all over again, but this time, it’s a good thing. The expanded runtime allowed Netflix to delve more into the moments in the novel, with each episode dedicated to a day in the year in Emma’s and Dexter’s lives, contrasting their respective worlds and opportunities available to them as different members of London society. And the couple is played beautifully by Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod, with a believable chemistry that isn’t formed in a single spark, but made in multiple moments. If you’re needing a good cry just right before Valentine’s Day, One Day is a superb slow burn romance to let those tears out.

What stands out

Turning the novel into a show rather than another film was an excellent decision. Of course, with the film’s critical response, it makes sense to pivot, but the show’s format works well with the novel’s episodic nature, allowing Woodall and Mod more space to gradually develop their chemistry. With each episode depicting July 15 over a span of several years, One Day captures the unique format that made the novel memorable.

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