One of Us (TV series)

One of Us is a British drama television miniseries created and written by Harry and Jack Williams for the BBC.[1] It was released internationally on Netflix. Originally titled Retribution, the series received the highest number of nominations for any television production at the 2017 Scottish Royal Television Society Awards,[2] and actress Juliet Stevenson received a Scottish BAFTA nomination for her work on the show.[3]

One of Us (AKA Retribution)
GenreDrama
Created byHarry and Jack Williams
Written byHarry and Jack Williams
Directed byWilliam McGregor
Theme music composerDominik Scherrer
Composer(s)Dominik Scherrer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Christopher Aird
Colin Wratten
CinematographyAdam Etherington
Editor(s)Emma Oxley
Robin Hill
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Two Brothers Pictures
BBC Scotland
DistributorAll3Media
Release
Original networkBBC One
Netflix
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release23 August (2016-08-23) –
13 September 2016
External links
Production website

PlotEdit

The story starts with childhood sweethearts Adam Elliot and Grace Douglas, who have returned home from their honeymoon and are found brutally murdered. Their families and neighbours in the remote Scottish Highland village of Braeston are devastated, but things take an even darker turn when a badly injured man arrives at their doorstep after his car comes off the road – a man who seems to be the killer.[4]

CastEdit

Episode listEdit

No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
1"The Storm[5]"William McGregorHarry and Jack Williams23 August 2016 (2016-08-23)6.91
A horrific double murder shocks two families living in isolated rural Scotland. In the aftermath of the tragedy, they are faced with a terrible dilemma when the murderer arrives on their doorstep one stormy night. His fate lies in their hands - will they show mercy or get their revenge?
2"Beneath the Surface[6]"William McGregorHarry and Jack Williams30 August 2016 (2016-08-30)5.79
The Douglas and Elliot families are faced with another dilemma when the police arrive to commence their investigation into the murder of Adam and Grace. Juliet's actions have unexpectedly tragic consequences.
3"Glenarvon Loch[7]"William McGregorHarry and Jack Williams6 September 2016 (2016-09-06)5.51
Secrets and lies begin to unravel as Jamie makes a fateful decision and Rob must decide whom to protect. The police are closing in on the two families, but Juliet's own crimes are coming home to roost.
4"Adam and Grace[8]"William McGregorHarry and Jack Williams13 September 2016 (2016-09-13)5.31
With Rob in jail, Claire is still desperately hunting for answers. Could Adam and Grace's wedding video hold the key to the mystery? When she makes a shocking discovery, the truth is more terrible than she could ever have imagined and will change all of their lives forever.

ReceptionEdit

Critical reception of the first episode was positive, with Joni Blyth of The Evening Standard describing it as "Tarantino-meets-Shakespeare. . . . A mash-up of Romeo and Juliet and The Hateful Eight, with the plight of young lovers bringing conflict between two families, who are trapped together with a killer during a storm. Whether it ends in Tarantino-like carnage remains to be seen".[9] Ben Dowell of the Radio Times praised the opening episode as "a clever, chilling and original thriller" and "a strong opener to what promises to be a gripping four-part series". Dowell goes on to praise the acting as "first rate, even if a lot of the acting requires rather a lot of frenetic emoting as this horror story unfolds".[10] The show also received praise for its tone and style, with Phill Fisk of The Guardian calling it "a grim, gloomy thriller with a latent moral edge".[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC - One Of Us - new four-part BBC One drama set in Scotland - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ https://rts.org.uk/award/rts-scotland-awards-2017
  3. ^ http://www.bafta.org/scotland/awards/ceremony/nominees-winners/british-academy-scotland-awards-winners-in-2017#ACTRESS%20TELEVISION
  4. ^ "BBC - One Of Us - A gripping four-part thriller for BBC One - Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "BBC - One of Us, The Storm". BBC. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  6. ^ "BBC - One of Us, Beneath the Surface". BBC. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  7. ^ "BBC - One of Us, Glenarvon Loch". BBC. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ "BBC - One of Us, Glenarvon Loch". BBC. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  9. ^ Blyth, Joni (24 August 2016). "One of Us, BBC1". The Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. ^ Dowell, Ben (23 August 2016). "One of Us review". The Radio Times. London. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  11. ^ Fisk, Phill (23 August 2016). "Tuesday's Best TV". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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