Sally Rooney’s Normal People is the Irish author’s bestselling award-winning novel. Normal People won many accolades including; the Waterstones Book of the Year, Costa Book Award for the Novel category and ‘Irish Novel of the Year’ at the Irish Book Awards. Following its immense success, Normal People was optioned by BBC Three and Hulu to be adapted into a 12-part mini-series.
The novel tells the romantic tale of two teenagers trying to work their way through the complexities, awkwardness and tangled circumstances on their first love. The character of Marianne will be played by Daisy Edgar-Jones (Cold Feet, War of the Worlds, Gentleman Jack). Alongside Daisy, the other main character of Connell will be played by Paul Mescal who will be making his TV début in Normal People. Prior to acting in this mini-series, the 24-year-old actor Paul played a young Jay Gatsby in a theatre production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby at The Gate Theatre in Dublin.
The author, Sally Rooney grew up in Castlebar, Ireland, and studied English at Trinity College in Dublin which is the same college that Marianne and Connell attend in the book and, of course, the new TV adaptation. Rooney also acted as an executive producer on the series, and co-wrote six of the episodes alongside Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe.
The trailer for Normal People which you can watch below was released back in January this year and now, we have full release dates for BBC Three’s Normal People. In the UK, viewers will be able to watch Normal People from 26th April on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. While in the U.S., viewers will be able to watch from 29th April on Hulu.
BBC Three’s Normal People, Based on Sally Rooney’s New York Times best selling novel, is coming soon to @BBCiPlayer.
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) January 17, 2020
The series is executive produced by Ed Guiney (The Favourite, Room, Dublin Murders), Andrew Lowe (The Favourite, Room, The Lobster), Emma Norton (Rosie, A Date For Mad Mary) and Anna Ferguson (No Offence, Prisoners’ Wives) for the award-winning Element Pictures.
The production was directed by Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and award-winning director Hettie McDonald (Howard’s End) who shared duties. Lenny Abrahamson also served as an executive producer alongside Sally Rooney.
Tommy Bulfin (Line Of Duty, Peaky Blinders) and Rose Garnett also worked as executive producer for the BBC and Catherine Magee (Resistance, Rebellion) is the producer of the series.