Netflix's adaptation of David Nicholls's beloved novel, One Day, has landed, starring This is Going to Hurt's Ambika Mod and The White Lotus's Leo Woodall as Emma and Dexter.


One Day was previously adapted into a 2011 film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess – so Woodall and Mod knew adapting the novel, which also has a loyal legion of books fans, would be no easy feat.

"We both knew it was a mountain to climb. But it’s such a beautiful story, and we both auditioned four or five times, so by the time we'd started filming, we were so immersed in it already. So it was a lovely new challenge," Woodall exclusively told

Mod added: "Even before we started filming, it definitely felt like a much bigger challenge – just the scope and the breadth and the length of the series, and how much stuff we would have to do, and ageing up characters over 20 years, and the stuff they go through, definitely felt like a much bigger challenge than what I've done before.

"So that was exciting and terrifying in equal measure."

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Nicholls is on board as an executive director, with Nicole Taylor (Wild Rose) heading up the writing.

"I knew quite early on I didn't want to write it myself," Nicholls told Entertainment Weekly. "I spent so much time with it. It felt like it needed a fresh pair of eyes, but it's been bliss.

"Of course we've cut things. We've had to condense things... adaptation means change. So there's still those editorial decisions to be made, but I've been so happy with the process and it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience."

Read on for everything you need to know about One Day.

One Day release date

One Day landed on Netflix on Thursday 8th February.

All the episodes dropped in one go, meaning fans can now binge the entire season on the streamer.

How many episodes of One Day are there on Netflix?

Dexter writing his phone number on a piece of paper for Emma in the middle of the street
Leo Woodall as Dexter and Ambika Mod as Emma in One Day. Netflix

The romantic drama consists of 14 half-hour episodes in total.

Mod previously explained the episode count means there is "a lot more time to dedicate to the events of the book".

She added: "I really enjoyed the film, but I think a lot of people felt that – and I would agree – that an hour-and-a-half movie isn't usually enough to dedicate to this epic novel that spans 20 years."

One Day cast: Who stars alongside Leo Woodall?

Leo and Sylvie standing next to one another heads bowed
Leo Woodall as Dexter and Eleanor Tomlinson as Sylvie in One Day. Netflix

The cast of One Day includes:

  • Ambika Mod as Emma Morley
  • Leo Woodall as Dexter Mayhew
  • Essie Davis as Alison Mayhew
  • Tim McInnerny as Stephen Mayhew
  • Amber Grappy as Tilly
  • Jonny Weldon as Ian
  • Eleanor Tomlinson as Sylvie
  • Joely Richardson as Helen Cope
  • Toby Stephens as Lionel Cope

One Day plot: What's it about?

The series, which is based on David Nicholls's best-selling novel of the same name, revolves around Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, who "speak for the very first time" on 15th July 1988, the night of their graduation, before going their separate ways the next morning.

"But where will they be on this one ordinary day the next year, and the year after that, and every year that follows?" reads the official synopsis.

"Each episode finds Dex and Em, one year older, on this one particular date, as they grow and change, move together and apart, experience joy and heartbreak."

One Day trailer: Can I watch it?

Yes, you can watch it below:

One Day landed on Netflix on Thursday 8th February. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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