One Direction: The TV Special - Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles
One Direction: The TV Special - Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles ©2014 NBC

One Direction The TV Special which stars, of course, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles is on NBC at 8pm tonight, December 23rd 2014.

A few days ago, December 20 2014, the multi-platinum band also made their third appearance on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest. Now this One Direction first US network special will give a rare inside look at the wildly popular band through a combination of documentary material, comical stunts and musical performances.

The primetime musical special features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the South American leg of their 2014 “Where We Are Tour” and follows the band as they recorded their new #1 album, “FOUR,” on the road.

Your also be able to experience One Direction’s music as they stage a special intimate concert for lucky fans at Universal Orlando Resort, where the band performs a selection of songs from FOUR as well as some of the biggest hits off their three previous albums.

The hour-long telecast also finds the boys giving unsuspecting fans the shock of their lives by introducing themselves in disguise at the theme parks, as well as the bandmates interviewing each other aboard a high-speed roller coaster.

This is all part of a tie-up between One Direction and NBC to promote the global launch of album “FOUR.”

The lads from 1D got this quote together about the show saying “We’re really proud of our first TV Special. We had a great time filming the different parts both in Orlando and on the road in South America. We can’t wait for our fans to see it.”

UK based production company, Fulwell 73, produced the special, with One Direction longtime collaborator Ben Winston as executive producer, Jim Parsons, Colin Hopkins, David Soutar and Lee Lodge as producers and Chris Howe as director.

One Direction – Official highlights


One Direction — composed of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson — formed in 2010 on the U.K.’s award-winning TV talent show The X Factor.

  • The group’s debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” was released in September 2011 and went straight to #1 in the UK, with their first album, “Up All Night,” following suit and also topping the Billboard album chart in the US.
  • The release of their second album, “Take Me Home,” took One Direction to #1 in 37 countries.
  • Their third album, “Midnight Memories,” was announced as the biggest selling album globally of 2013.

The band has sold more than 46 million records worldwide and is the recipient of four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and seven MTV Europe Music Awards.

They have a massive 109 million Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans.

One Direction’s fourth #1 studio album, “FOUR” was released on November 17 2014 and features hit singles “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes.” The album made Billboard history as the only group in the 58-year history of the chart to see their first four albums debut at number one.



Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online