Normal People's special guest star was genius

Natalie Cornish
Photo credit: Enda Bowe/BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu

From Red Online

When we heard that Irish Comic Relief was serving up two special episodes of Normal People, we couldn't wait to see where the drama would go next. But, perhaps more importantly, who would pop up alongside our favourite duo.

After all, 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.'

Turns out they couldn't have picked a better 'guest star'. Not only did we get another much-needed glimpse of Paul Mescal as Connell and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne, but fans were also served up Andrew Scott as the Hot Priest.

That's right, two of our favourite TV shows (Normal People and Fleabag) became one for a few minutes on Friday night, with Normal People's director Lenny Abrahamson at the helm – and the result was very funny indeed. Watch the clip below.

Mescal was as overwhelmed as the rest of us, sharing this photo of the three actors on Instagram with the caption: 'Well this happened! @daisyedgarjones and Andrew are absolute legends. In the hands of Lenny and @suziecine, what is life ❤️. Thank you to element and @emeraoshea. Please, please please donate x.'

Scott and Connell are even wearing matching chains!

The second special sketch saw Marianne and Connell 40 years in the future. The pair are hilariously played by Peter McDonald and Deirdre O’Kane. Watch below:

You can donate to Irish Comic Relief here.

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