Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

First trailer for BBC’s Normal People paints picture of fractured relationship

First trailer for BBC’s Normal People paints picture of fractured relationship

Daisy Edgar Jones will play the role of Marianne, while Paul Mescal will play Connell.

Sally Rooney sees herself in both characters of her novel "Normal People", but does not let her break it down any further. It's also lovely for me to be shooting in Ireland again and telling an Irish story after shooting overseas. He is popular and popular at school, while she is lonely, proud, and intimidating.

To assist with that problem, Rooney grew to become to Oscar-nominated "Room" director Lenny Abrahamson, who helmed every episode of the 12-episode TV adaptation.

Despite all their differences, they fall into a relationship - part friendship, part love, part unease and teenage confusion - that follows them from the end of high school to Dublin's Trinity College, which they both attend. "The film and TV industry here is full of talented and committed people who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world".

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It starts with a quote by Martha Graham, which reads as "A dancer dies twice - once when they stop dancing, and this first death is more painful".


Abrahamson also pointed out that "Normal People" tells a rare story on TV when it comes to other young romances that can be very dark (like HBO's "Euphoria") or a bit soapy (like The CW).

Normal People will premiere in the spring on BBC Three, the BBC's online youth channel. Sally is fast becoming the voice of her generation and the BBC is thrilled to be working with her on her first piece for television. She told EW previous year as production on the series was gearing up, "I'm still fond of these characters, and that's a good thing, because I'm having to spend a lot of time with them again!"

A voiceover from Marianne reveals that they have since broken up, but she still wonders if she and Connell can ever be friends again.

Rooney, who is executive producer on the series, has adapted her novel for the screen alongside playwright and director Mark O'Rowe (The Delinquent Season) and Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth).

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