One Direction: A Year in the Making

ITV2, Nickelodeon


November 23, 2011 (UK)
April 20, 2012 (Canada)
July 14, 2012 (US)

One Direction: A Year in the Making is an ITV2 special that documented One Direction's journey over their last year, from coming in third place onThe X Factor to releasing their debut album in the UK. It was directed by Ben Winston.


The special aired in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2011 on ITV2. It aired in Canada on MuchMusic on April 20, 2012. It aired in the US for the first time on July 14, 2012 on Nickelodeon.


The documentary follows Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik as they enter The X Factor as solo artists until a turn of events gives them the opportunity to come together as a band. It shows their life during The X Factor, to the band releasing their debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful". All five members of One Direction jet across Europe to see the huge impact they are having abroad. They encounter screaming fans, perform, have signings, and talk about how excited they are tp have their debut album come out. At the end, they return home to reflect on their new lives.

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