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There is nothing normal about the overwhelming reaction to Normal People

Pat Stacey


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Normal People has been a huge hit with viewers

Normal People has been a huge hit with viewers

Normal People has been a huge hit with viewers

There is nothing normal about the reaction to Normal People, which came to an end on BBC1 on Monday and RTE1 last night with a pair of episodes that didn’t tie everything up in a neat, happily-ever-after bow.

I’m not referring to the various cranks, prudes and rosary-bead rattlers complaining on Liveline about the sex scenes, which were sensual but always sensitively handled, and the opposite of exploitative. That was an irritating, irrelevant sideshow; by the following week, they’d moved on to complaining about a TV ad for tampons.


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