Set over one hot summer’s night when nerves are frayed and tensions ride high, One Night follows four very ordinary, but very different people whose fates become intertwined by a seemingly trivial event…with far reaching consequences.
Ted is 50 and hard-working but believes he will soon be forced to make way for new young talent. The barbecue he’s throwing for his boss that night just has to go well. He’s already on edge, but when a teenage gang of giggling girls refuse to pick up their dropped litter outside his house, Ted explodes into action. Little does he know he’s just started a chain of events that will end in murder.
Rochelle has worked hard to become the first pupil from inner city Lakemead Park School to be accepted to Oxford University. Bright, conscientious and talented to boot, Rochelle is inadvertently caught up in a confrontation with Ted over dropped litter, and is suspended from a vital school trip, which would have been her first night alone with her boyfriend, Sami. Only Rochelle is hiding a controversial secret, Sami is from the wrong gang and their love must remain hidden at all costs. Desperate to see him and explain, she risks everything and rushes to his side.
Carol is at the end of her tether. Working in a mindnumbing supermarket job and contending with three kids, including one recently back from a spell in prison, she’s ready to crack. Carol has her own ambitions to have an onstage career, and at least one of her kids, Rochelle, looks to have a bright future. When her eldest son tells her police are looking for him again over a gang clash, will she defend him or hand him over?
Alfie is about to reach an important milestone. At midnight he’ll turn 13 and after an evening with his mates he’ll undertake a rite-of-passage to become a member of the estate gang. They’ve been his friends, his family and his defenders as he struggles to look after his younger siblings while Mum swans off on holiday with her boyfriends. But when they find out a member of the rival gang has been seen with a girl from the estate, Rochelle, things take a dangerous turn. Alfie’s initiation turns into murder, and he is forced to make the most grown up decision of his life.
Each episode follows one character’s view of the events of this night, revealing how all is not always as it seems, and how the tiniest of actions can have a devastating impact. One Night will keep you hooked through to its final conclusion, over four stories of love, loyalty, betrayal and murder.