One Night sees the Australian mini-series come to the UK about a trio of friends who had a situation happen… one night… 20 years ago.
Starting in the present day, Tess (Jodie Whittaker – Doctor Who), Simone (Nicole da Silva) and Hat (Yael Stone) meet up and aren’t all completely happy to see one another. Whatever the event was – which will drip-feed to the viewer along the way, two decades on, and one of the three – Simone – is writing a book about it, and about to profit from it.
Alas, it takes forever and a day to get to the point and by the end of episode 1, we finally get an inkling of what actually happened on that one night, but… I can’t exactly say I’m wowed by it, nor encouraged to watch any more.
That said, I did have to sit through a second episode to see if there was much else going on in this, since the first one was particularly threadbare and would struggle to make a script from a day’s whole episode of Neighbours.
It’s also mad that Simone’s book is being credited to ‘Anonymous’ on the cover. What author would do that? You’d just use a pseudonym.
If you want to spend one night watching this, then knock yourself out, but I’m saving the rest of the evening for something far better.
One Night is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Paramount+ from Friday November 24th.
Running time: 45-50 minutes per episode (6 episodes)
Release date: November 24th 2023
Series Directors: Lisa Matthews, Catherine Millar
Writers: Emily Ballou, Fiona Seres
Tess: Jodie Whittaker
Simone: Nicole da Silva
Hat: Yael Stone
Eden: Jillian Nguyen
Young Simone: Bridgette Armstrong
Young Tess: Mikaela Binns-Rorke
Young Hat: Bella Ridgway
Jason: Zac Burgess
Young Joey Calley: David Howell
Young Trevor: Shane Osborne
Lily: Harper Simon
Mark: Damien Strouthos
Andrew: Chum Ehelepola
Mary: Noni Hazlehurst
Arthur: Jude Hyland
Trevor: Erroll Shand
Vicki: Kat Stewart
Joely Calley: George Mason
Hene: Tina Bursill
Detective Clemens: Les Hill
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