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'Normal People' has given us a landmark depiction of consent

Kathy Donaghy


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Bestseller: Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’

Bestseller: Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’

Bestseller: Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’

When Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' was translated to the small screen, it won a legion of new fans who never read the bestselling book. And while the sex scenes may be what everyone's talking about, it's the way it handles consent that's truly revolutionary.

For anyone who hasn't seen it, the TV adaptation of the novel follows star-crossed young lovers Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they begin a hometown romance before heading off to university.

For the more intense scenes, the show's makers hired intimacy co-ordinator Ita O'Brien to ensure the comfort of the actors at all times.