‘Normal People’: an abnormally good love story

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‘Normal People’: an abnormally good love story

The BBC series, nominated for a 2021 Golden Globe for Best Limited Series, is now available to binge watch

Vianne Venter

Normal People follows Marianne and Connell, Irish teens from the same small town but with very different backgrounds, as they weave in and out of each other’s lives from the first sparks between them in high school to their tumultuous university years.

Daisy Edgar-Jones (War of the Worlds) was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Bafta earlier this year for her role as Marianne, while Paul Mescal won a Bafta for his breakout role as Connell. 

Normal People has an 8.5/10 score on IMDb and a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In their five-star review, The Guardian says Normal People “captures the beauty and brutality of first love perfectly”. They go on to call the series “a small-screen triumph” and a “near-perfect” rendering, whether you’re completely new to the story, or already a fan of Sally Rooney’s book, which was named Waterstones’ Book of the Year for 2018, ranked #25 on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best books of the 21st century, and #10 on Entertainment Weekly’s roundup of Best Books of the Decade. ..

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