The much-anticipated small-screen adaptation of Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' has finally arrived. The much-loved novel about two university students from the west of Ireland studying in Trinity College has been turned into a TV mini-series and is airing this week in the UK and Ireland. Its been directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who was nominated for an Oscar for 'Room', and given how good the novel, it's unlikely this programme will disappoint. Here's how to watch 'Normal People' in Ireland.
How To Watch Normal People In Ireland
The series consists of 12 hour-episodes. Episode 1 and 2 will be broadcast on the BBC at 9 and 9:30pm. The show will then air in hour-long instalments over the following six weeks at the same time.
For viewers in Ireland who don't have the BBC One, episodes 1 and 2 of Normal People will air Tuesday nights on RTÉ1 at 10.15.
The programme is already streaming on Hulu and the BBC iPLayer and earning rave reviews.
Here's the RTÉ blurb on the show:
Starring Kildare newcomer 24-year-old Paul Mescal in his first television role as Connell, and British actress Daisy Edgar Jones (War of the Worlds, Cold Feet) in the role of Marianne. The series follows two young people navigating adulthood in contemporary Ireland, and their complicated relationship from the end of their school days in Sligo to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. It also stars Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Rosie) and Aislín McGuckin (Outlander). Sally Rooney adapted her coming-of-age book with Alice Birch along with Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe. Normal People has been directed by the Oscar-nominated film-maker Lenny Abrahamson and the English director Hettie Macdonald. The series was filmed in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy.
Trinity College was used extensively in the filming of the show, as this University Times article captures. Both Rooney and Abrhamson are Trinity College alumni.
Interestingly, Paul Mescal, who plays Connell, was an accomplished gaelic footballer in his day and played minor and U21 football for Kildare.