Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”) returns to television with the BBC Three and Hulu series, “Normal People.” The show stars Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Cold Feet”) and Paul Mescal (“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”). Abrahamson directs the first six episodes of the drama.
According to Variety, the premise of the 12-part series follows the relationship between two young adults in Dublin, enduring love and separation. The series is an adaptation of the Sally Rooney novel of the same name and written by both Rooney and BAFTA nominee Alice Birch (“Lady Macbeth,” “Succession”). “Normal People,” Rooney’s second novel to date, was published in 2018 and sold just under 64,000 copies within reaching its first four months.
BAFTA award-winning director Hettie Macdonald directs the second half of the series. She was recognized at the BAFTAs for helming the 2008 feature, “White Girl,” which was awarded the Best Single Drama from the British Academy.
Abrahamson was nominated for Best Director for the 2015 drama, “Room,” which brought an Academy Award win for lead actress Brie Larson. Abrahamson later directed the film adaptation of “The Little Stranger,” which earned approximately $1.8 million at the global box office. His other titles include “Garage” and “What Richard Did.” His 2014 comedy-drama, “Frank,” won the award for Best Screenplay from the British Independent Film Awards and many accolades from the Irish Film and Television Awards. His return to television comes four years after directing select episodes of “Chance” in 2016.
“Normal People” is produced by Element Pictures and will be available on BBC Three in the U.K. April 26, and Hulu in the U.S. April 29. Additional dates will be confirmed for the series to air on BBC One and RTE in Ireland. Executive producers are Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, and Emma Norton.