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Started by popstar7 on Apr 27, 2020 1:55:41 PM
Normal People BBC3

13-part adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel.

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popstar7 - 27 Apr 2020 14:03:50 (#1 of 178)

I watched the first four episodes last night. It's amazing. Damn near brought me to tears a couple of times.

Arjuna - 27 Apr 2020 17:14:45 (#2 of 178)

It is on BBC1 tonight

9 pm

saskia - 27 Apr 2020 17:53:10 (#3 of 178)

I've watched the first two. Will keep going, but kind of wondered what the fuss was about, though it's very watchable.

Arjuna - 27 Apr 2020 17:55:33 (#4 of 178)

that'll do for me

StakludKar - 27 Apr 2020 23:38:05 (#5 of 178)

The rutting is quite wholesome

Shadrack22 - 28 Apr 2020 07:37:15 (#6 of 178)

Is it this year’s Fleabag?

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Apr 2020 07:41:54 (#7 of 178)

I'm not sure whether to bother. I thought the book was ok, but wasn't sure why others found it so earth-shatteringly wonderful.

darkhorse - 28 Apr 2020 07:42:04 (#8 of 178)

From the point of view of media excitement? Probably. Not comparably amusing.

I only watched the first episode, there was some resemblance to a straight Inbetweeners without jokes.

darkhorse - 28 Apr 2020 07:43:09 (#9 of 178)

I don't have much patience with much TV drama so am not the best judge. MsDH thought it was brilliant and binged on four eps.

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Apr 2020 07:46:29 (#10 of 178)

Also thirteen episodes? Jeez, I thought it could be done in four, it wasn't that long a book. Get oudda hee.

darkhorse - 28 Apr 2020 07:47:09 (#11 of 178)

Half hour episodes though. This is a good thing imo.

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Apr 2020 07:47:33 (#12 of 178)

Ok, that's not too bad then.

Arjuna - 28 Apr 2020 08:06:14 (#13 of 178)

half hour episodes, shown two at a time

closely resembling one hour episodes.

darkhorse - 28 Apr 2020 08:07:06 (#14 of 178)

Ah. I watched on iPlayer, so didn't check the scheduling.

Arjuna - 28 Apr 2020 08:11:22 (#15 of 178)

The lad who plays Connell looks way older than 18, I checked and he is 24 but I thought he was even older.

ReverendBlueJeans - 28 Apr 2020 08:46:18 (#16 of 178)

Read an article which described the book as 'Catcher in the Rye for the SnapChat generation' and which said that apparently the programme makers recruited an 'intimacy co-ordinator' for the bonking scenes. Now there's a job title for your CV.

All in all, I'll stick to New Tricks repeats, ta.

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Apr 2020 12:23:12 (#17 of 178)

Not comparably amusing.


Is this programme a comedy or an intense searing drama?

darkhorse - 28 Apr 2020 12:33:24 (#18 of 178)

The Guardian view:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/apr/26/normal-people-review-sally-rooney-bbc-hulu

Arjuna - 28 Apr 2020 12:38:42 (#19 of 178)

I liked it and could happily watch the rest of it tonight but may be better to stick to the BBC1 schedule.

darkhorse - 28 Apr 2020 12:43:00 (#20 of 178)

Obviously there's that difficulty of putting older actors in school uniform for the early episodes when they're young. Because it looks a bit absurd.

I know nothing of the Irish education system, do they wear uniform until they're 18? Couldn't they have just worn normal clothes like many in post-16 education?

And given young Marianne's motivation difficulty, did she actually gave to go to school? Surely she's old enough to knock it on the head if it bovvered her that much.

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