Heads up to all Normal People fans. The stars and director of the series are returning to the small screen but not for a new season yet.
Normal People is an Irish drama series based on the novel of the same title by Sally Rooney.
Since it premiered on BBC One in April this year, it became a hit show and has even formed a solid fanbase along the way.
It only came with a total of 12 episodes and apparently, fans want more. But the question for a season 2 still remains unanswered especially since the series closed the way it did in the book.
Fans are left wondering about the future of Marianne and Connell for now. Fortunately, RTÉ Does Comic Relief wants to give fans a treat by bringing back Marianne and Connell.
Returning 40 years later
According to Digital Spy, Normal People cast members Paul Messy and Daisy Edgar-Jones are returning to the small screen to appear in two specials. Director Lenny Abrahamson is also said to take part in the episode specials.
Fans shouldn’t expect the episodes to pick up after the events of season 1 though. Instead of a continuation, it will be giving fans a glimpse into what Cornell and Marianne are up to decades later, about 40 years.
It will be airing on Friday, June 26 on RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland. Co-founder Richard Curtis revealed some details about the specials.
“There’s a beautiful piece called Normal Older People, which is imagining what would have happened to Marianne and Connell 40 years from now,” he told RTÉ Radio 1. “I promise you, these are two very special bits.”
Moreover, he said that “it’s so much better than anything we’ve ever made.” He even gave a hint if a guest star in it and describes it as “really beautiful.”
“One of the things about Comic Relief is it just gives opportunities for things to happen that would never happen,” Curtis added. “I can’t imagine any context in which they would have allowed this little sort of extra-special into the world of Normal People.”
The specials featuring Messy and Edgar-Jones is part of RTÉ’s efforts to raise funds for the Irish charity sector.
It is in partnership with Comic Relief and they will be bringing together the best of Irish comedy and entertainment together.
As noted in The Community Foundation for Ireland, the money they raised through RTÉ Does Comic Relief will be used to support communities in Ireland in the recovery and rebuilding stage after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Catch the special episodes of Normal People on Friday.
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