Irish writer Sally Rooney’s sophomore novel has been made into a TV series for BBC Three, and we can’t wait. Here’s a first look at the Normal People adaptation.
Ireland’s latest literary superstar Sally Rooney burst onto the scene in 2017 with her debut novel Conversations with Friends, followed a year later by her sophomore effort, Normal People.
It’s no surprise to us why Rooney has been lauded as the “Salinger of the Snapchat generation.” Normal People was picked up by BBC 3 soon after its publication due to how fast the novel was flying off bookstore shelves. Below we will summarise everything you need to know about the BBC’s Normal People adaptation.
The novel is set in both Carricklea (County Sligo) and Dublin and follows the story of two teenagers from very different backgrounds as they embark on a difficult and, at times, often confusing relationship. We follow main characters Connell and Marianne through their final year at their small-town Sixth Form to Dublin’s Trinity College.
Connell is well-liked and popular at school, whereas the opposite could not be truer for Marianne. When Connell comes to pick up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, the two students get to talking—thus beginning a covert relationship between the pair.
Rooney’s novel has been called an exquisite modern love story, depicting beautifully how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives. Filming began in May of this year and takes place in Dublin, Sligo, and Italy.
Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (Room; The Little Friend; Frank) and award-winning director Hettie McDonald (Howard’s End) are sharing the directorial duties.
Who’s playing who
Recent images released of the series show actors Daisy Edgar-Jones (War of the Worlds; Cold Feet) as Marianne and Paul Mescal—in his first TV role—as Connell. If the TV show is half as beautiful as the stills we’ve seen, we can safely say you guys are in for a treat.
About the two main characters, director Lenny Abrahamson has 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.”
With praise like that, it’s no wonder why we’re counting down the moments until we can see the BBC’s Normal People adaptation!
Final bits of info
The show will be comprised of 12 episodes each roughly 30 minutes in length and is expected to air sometime in 2020. Rooney herself is one of the scriptwriters for the show, so we’re confident knowing the adaptation is in good hands.
Normal People will premiere next year on BBC 3 and also air on BBC 1.
We can’t even begin to explain to you how excited we are for the Normal People adaptation. If you’re a fan of Henry James, Jane Austen, or J.D. Salinger, we think you’ll love Irish writer Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Why not give the book a go before the show starts?