Normal People returns to our screens this weekend

Lucy Scott
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From Red Online

Were you one of the 18 million people who watched the BBC Three adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling book Normal People? Yes? Us too. Which is why we’re thrilled to hear it’s coming back, sort of.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, the 12-part TV show follows the love story of two Irish students Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones).

After it was released in April, peak Coronavirus lockdown here in the UK, it broke viewing records with its popularity and has catapulted the actors into stardom – there’s even an Instagram account for Connell’s chain with 185k followers and counting.

So, the news that our favourite duo will reunite, along with the show’s director Lenny Abrahamson, for two special episodes for Comic Relief Ireland has delighted fans.

Comic Relief’s co-founder (and one of Britain’s most successful comedy screenwriters) Richard Curtis told RTÉ Radio 1: 'It’s so much better than anything we’ve ever made. I mean I can’t even say everything about it because there’s a guest star in it. But it’s really, really beautiful.

'One of the things about Comic Relief is it just gives opportunities for things to happen that would never happen. I can’t imagine any context in which they would have allowed this little sort of extra special guest into the world of Normal People.'

Photo credit: Erik Voake

The bittersweet ending of Normal People left us wondering what would happen next to our star crossed lovers, but Curtis may have the answer: 'There’s a beautiful piece called Normal Older People, which is imagining what would have happened to Marianne and Connell in 40 years. And there’s a guest star… I promise you, these are two very special bits.'

The two special episodes will air on told RTÉ Does Coming Relief in Ireland on Friday 26 June before being available on BBC iPlayer.

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