Set over one blisteringly hot summer’s night, One Night is the story of four ordinary people whose fates are linked by a seemingly inconsequential event. In each episode the events of the night are re-told from a different character’s point of view.
Hilary Salmon, BBC executive producer, says: “Paul Smith’s raw and funny scripts look in intricate detail at four real lives within an ambitious and original framework. We watch with growing empathy and alarm as each of the four characters tries to do the right thing for themselves and their families but is scuppered by misunderstanding and misperception.”
Episode 1 opens with Ted’s (Douglas Hodge) story. After years of hard work, Ted’s future looks uncertain. It is crucial the barbecue he is throwing for his boss, Kenny, is a big success! When an abusive teenager from the nearby estate refuses to pick-up the litter dropped outside Ted’s house – he decides to take action – but little does he know how the ripples of his decision will change his life and those of the other characters forever.
Episode 2 focuses on Rochelle (Georgina Campbell) the seemingly rebellious teenager from Ted’s story – but will Rochelle’s bright academic future be in jeopardy because of Ted’s actions?
Episode 3 centres on Carol (Jessica Hynes), Rochelles mum. Carol has to contend with three kids and a job she dislikes. She also harbours an ambition to have her own on-stage career. But when her eldest son, Jake (Joshua Osei) tells her the police are looking for him; will she defend him or hand him over?
Episode 4 sees Billy Matthews play 12-year-old Alfie. A few hours short of his 13th birthday, after an evening out with his mates, a rite-of-passage event forces him to make the most grown up decision of his young life.