BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People gets first trailer


Fans have been sent into a frenzy over the first trailer for the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. 

The BBC released the 50-second clip online last Friday and it has quickly caused a stir on social media. 

The trailer only offers brief snippets of interaction between Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar Jones) but the chemistry is sizzling. 

Viewers from across the UK took to Twitter to share their excitement – and to beg the broadcaster for a release date. 

One posted: ‘One of my favourite reads of 2019. And sure to be one of my favourite watches of 2020. Wow.’ 

Another tweeted: ‘So so so so ready for this!!’ A third added cheekily: ‘Give us a release date you cowards!’ 

Normal People follows Connell and Marianne from their school days in County Sligo to university at Trinity College Dublin. 

At school, he’s well-liked and popular, while she’s lonely, proud and intimidating. But when Connell comes to pick up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, 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. 

The novel, released in 2018, became a New York Times and international best-seller. In 2019 the title beat Michelle Obama’s Becoming to be named Book of the Year at the annual British Book Awards.  

The hotly anticipated 12-part adaptation will premiere on BBC Three this spring and will also be available to watch on BBC One and Hulu, meaning fans overseas will be able to get in on the action. An exact premiere date has not yet been announced. 

The trailer only offers brief snippets of interaction between Connell and Marianne but the chemistry is sizzling. 

It also looks set to make stars of its two leads. Edgar Jones appeared in Cold Feet and War of the Worlds while this is Mescal’s first TV role. 

Filming took place in Dublin, Sligo and Italy with Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger, Frank) and award-winning director Hettie McDonald (Howard’s End) sharing the directorial duties. 


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