UK drama Normal People is coming to Stan.
Adapted for television by Sally Rooney, based on her best-selling novel, and co-written with Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, the 12-part drama stars Daisy Edgar-Jones (Cold Feet) as Marianne and newcomer Paul Mescal as Connell, in a modern love story about how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives.
The series, which is an Element Pictures production for BBC and Hulu, was shot in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy with directors Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Hettie Macdonald (Howard’s End).
Also featuring are Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders) and Aislín McGuckin (Outlander).
This screens same day as the UK.
Following Rooney’s critically-acclaimed debut novel Conversations with Friends, she received 2017’s Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award. Normal People was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and recently, it won 2019’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Normal People also entered the New York Times Bestseller list at #3.
Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in small-town West of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College, Dublin. At school, he’s well-liked and popular, while she’s lonely, proud and intimidating. A strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers – one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying in Dublin and Marianne has found her feet in a new social world, but Connell hangs at the side lines, shy and uncertain.
Honest, smart and intoxicating, Normal People sees the pair weave in and out of each other’s lives and explores just how complicated intimacy and young love can be.
Monday 27 April on Stan.