This is not a drill: one of 2020’s biggest TV series, Normal People, is coming back for a pair of charity specials.
Stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones will reprise their roles as on-off lovers Connell and Marianne in the shows for RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland Friday night (June 26).
Lenny Abrahamson, who directed the first six episodes of the zeitgeist-grabbing BBC Three/Hulu romantic drama, has also returned for the Irish charity specials.
Discussing the specials on Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1, Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis said: “There’s a beautiful piece called Normal Older People, which is imagining what would have happened to Marianne and Connell 40 years from now. I promise you, these are two very special bits.”
“It’s so much better than anything we’ve ever made,” he continued. “I mean, I can’t even say everything about it because there’s a guest star in it. But it’s really, it’s 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 into the world of Normal People.”
Based on Sally Rooney‘s best-selling novel, Normal People follows Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron, two Irish kids from rather different backgrounds, as they come of age at high school and then at Trinity College, Dublin. It launched on BBC Three in the U.K. and Hulu in the U.S. in April to enormous acclaim and has turned Mescal and Edgar-Jones into very in-demand break-out stars.
To that end, we recently rounded up 10 things you might not know about Paul Mescal.
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