Normal People: All you need to know about TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s literary phenomenon coming soon to the BBC

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal star in the new 12-part series that explores how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives. Discover more about the show.

By Sophia Moir Published: 01 April 2020 - 10.00am
Drama

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Normal People

It was labelled a ‘literary phenomenon’ following its launch in 2018, and became a top-five New York Times bestseller.

Now Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People is being adapted into a TV series which is coming soon to the BBC.

Starring Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal in the lead roles of Marianne and Connell, Normal People is an exquisite and compulsive modern love story about how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives.

Here’s what we know so far about the TV adaptation of Normal People on the BBC.

When is Normal People on TV? 

Normal People will land as a complete boxset on BBC Three on Sunday, April 26.

It will also air on BBC One at a later date that's still to be confirmed.

Normal People will consist of 12 episodes, with each episode half an hour long.

Is there a trailer?

There is indeed - you can watch the first official trailer for Normal People below:

What’s Normal People about?

Normal People has been adapted for television by its author Sally Rooney and screenwriters Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe.

The story tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in small-town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College, Dublin. 

At school, Connell is well-liked and popular, while Marianne is lonely, proud and intimidating. 

Normal People school BBC/Element/Enda Bowe

But when Connell comes to pick up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers – one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying in Dublin and Marianne has found her feet in a new social world but Connell hangs at the side lines, shy and uncertain.

An honest, smart and intoxicating drama, Normal People sees the pair weave in and out of each other’s lives and explores just how complicated intimacy and young love can be. 

Who’s in the cast of Normal People?

Normal People will star Daisy Edgar-Jones (War of the Worlds, Cold Feet) as Marianne, alongside Paul Mescal in his first television role as Connell.

Of the casting of Edgar Jones and Mescal in the two lead roles, the show’s Executive Producer and Director Lenny Abrahamson said: “I feel I have found two young actors who can vividly capture Marianne and Connell and bring alive the profound and beautiful relationship at the centre of the story."

Joining the cast are Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Rosie) and Aislín McGuckin (Outlander, The Nephew) alongside some of the most exciting young acting talent in the UK and Ireland. 

Normal People cast BBC/Element/Enda Bowe

Where’s Normal People filmed?

Filming for the series began in Ireland in May 2019. Locations included the capital, Dublin, and the town of Tubbercurry in County Sligo on the country’s west coast. 

Cast and crew also visited Italy. The book features a group trip to Trieste, although it's not clear whether Trieste itself was used as a filming location.

Filming took place on the university campus of Trinity College, Dublin, in August 2019, with real-life students featuring in the series.

Much of the university was shut down over the summer to facilitate the filming, according to the University Times.

Normal People Trinity College BBC/Element/Enda Bowe

Normal People will land as a complete boxset on BBC Three on Sunday, April 26.

Catch up on Normal People with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

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