Normal People, English series is streaming online, watch on Lionsgate Play with English subtitles, release date 8th January
Normal People is an English language BBC Three series, and is a romance drama, set in the backdrop of psychological issues. It is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Sally Rooney. It centres on two school friends, Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal), and follows their story as they enter adulthood from adolescence, and graduate from from secondary school to their undergraduate years in Trinity College.
The series focuses on the complex relationship shared by the two primary protagonists. Marianne is something of a loner, a situation created by the dysfunctional environs of her home. She is regularly bullied at school. Connell is popular in school but never speaks up for his friend even as she faces constant bullying.
As their bond develops, the narrative focuses on the complexity of human relationships, mental health issues and the latent angst of the young.
Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Eliot Salt, India Mullen, Aislin McGuckin, Desmond Eastwood, Sarah Greene
Written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald