One Day first look: Trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of David Nicholls’ bestselling novel teases Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod’s 20 year love story

The first trailer for the anticipated Netflix adaptation of David Nicolls’ bestselling novel One Day is been released.

The 14-episode series will arrive on the streaming service on February 8 and stars White Lotus actor Leo Woodall and This Is Going To Hurt’s Ambika Mod.

The first trailer teases the 20 year story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew who, on 15th July 1988, the night of their Edinburgh University graduation, speak for the very first time. 

The next morning, they go their separate ways but the novel and TV series catches up with them on the same day every year.

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. 

The first trailer for the anticipated Netflix adaptation of David Nicolls’ bestselling novel One Day is been released

The 14-episode series will arrive on the streaming service on February 8 and stars White Lotus actor Leo Woodall and This Is Going To Hurt's Ambika Mod

The 14-episode series will arrive on the streaming service on February 8 and stars White Lotus actor Leo Woodall and This Is Going To Hurt’s Ambika Mod

The trailer shows the pair’s first meeting at a uni party as Emma’s voiceover muses: ‘It’s one of the great cosmic mysteries. How is that someone can go from being a total stranger to being the most important person in your life.’

The teaser then reveals clips of the pair over the years as Dexter chases his ambition to be rich by the age of 40 and Emma pursues her dreams of ‘doing something that actually makes a difference.’

Eleanor Tomlinson also makes an appearance in the trailer as Dex’s wife Sylvie.   

The cast is rounded out by the likes of Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Joely Richardson (Lady Chatterley). 

The decades-spanning love story is based on the 2009 novel by David Nicholls, which has sold over five million copies worldwide.

It’s not the first time Emma and Dexter’s story has found its way to screen. A movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess was released in 2011, but received mixed reviews.

Jan Moir writing for the Daily Mail at the time reviewed the movie ‘as fake as Anne Hathaway’s accent.’

While Nicholls wrote the screenplay for the 2011 film, Scottish screenwriter Nicole Taylor has headed the writing team for the Netflix adaptation.

The decades-spanning love story is based on the 2009 novel by David Nicholls, which has sold over five million copies worldwide

The decades-spanning love story is based on the 2009 novel by David Nicholls, which has sold over five million copies worldwide

The first trailer teases the 20 year story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew who, on 15th July 1988, the night of their Edinburgh University graduation, speak for the very first time

The first trailer teases the 20 year story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew who, on 15th July 1988, the night of their Edinburgh University graduation, speak for the very first time

The trailer shows the pair's first meeting as Emma's voiceover muses: 'How is that someone can go from being a total stranger to being the most important person in your life'

The trailer shows the pair’s first meeting as Emma’s voiceover muses: ‘How is that someone can go from being a total stranger to being the most important person in your life’

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

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

Taylor won a BAFTA for Best Writer for her 2017 BBC series Three Girls about the Rochdale grooming scandal.

Nicholls is on board as an executive producer. 

Lead star Ambika previously told RadioTimes.com that the series will be able to give ‘more time’ to the decades-spanning book, with each episode dedicated to each year in the friends’ lives.

‘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,’ she explained.

‘So, hopefully, in our series we’ll be able to cover more ground and sort of zoom in on the story with more detail.’

‘I think the way that our writers are going about it is really beautiful, and hopefully people will just be able to see more of the book in the series.’

One Day will be available on Netflix from February 8. 

The teaser reveals clips of the pair over the years as Dexter chases his ambition to be rich by the age of 40 and Emma pursues her dreams of 'doing something that makes a difference'

The teaser reveals clips of the pair over the years as Dexter chases his ambition to be rich by the age of 40 and Emma pursues her dreams of ‘doing something that makes a difference’

Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson also makes an appearance in the trailer as Dex's wife Sylvie

Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson also makes an appearance in the trailer as Dex’s wife Sylvie

The book's author David Nicholls is on board as an executive producer for the Netflix adaptation

The book’s author David Nicholls is on board as an executive producer for the Netflix adaptation

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