Normal People arrives just in time for a little lockdown content.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years*, you’ll know that Irish novelist Sally Rooney is one of the bright young stars of the literary world right now. Her debut novel, Conversations With Friends was published to much fanfare in 2017, and follow-up Normal People – which, whisper it, I reckon is the slightly better book – followed a year later. And whilst I’d highly recommend reading them during lockdown, you’ll actually be able to catch the latter on the small screen, as a TV adaptation of Normal People premieres on BBC Three from April 26th. (Featured image: IMDB)
By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, Normal People follows lovers Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) from secondary school to university and beyond, tracing their relationship with all the perils and potholes of modern romance. It’s brilliant stuff, and a recently-released trailer indicates that the TV adaptation – which has Room director Lenny Abrahamson amongst the directing talent – will hopefully live up to the hype.
You’ll be able to find Normal People on BBC Three from April 26th, and it’ll also be released as a complete boxset on BBC iPlayer from this date. The Beeb are planning to air it on BBC One at some yet to be decided date, but let’s be honest, now isn’t exactly the time to save TV for a rainy day, is it?
* Erm, I might also need to fill you in on something called coronavirus, if you have indeed been living under a rock all this time…
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