By Clodagh Meaney
RTÉ has announced that they are set to air the upcoming TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's 2018 novel Normal People.
Labelled a "literary phenomenon" following its release in 2018, the book became a top-five New York Times bestseller and a beloved work of fiction to fans from around the world.
The new series by BBC Three and Hulu in association with Screen Ireland will air as a 12-part programme.
Starring Kildare actor Paul Mescal as Connell and Daisy Edgar Jones in the role of Marianne, Sarah Greene and Aislín McGuckin will also feature.
The highly anticipated show follows the pair, and their complicated relationship from their school days in Sligo to their college years at Trinity College Dublin.
Sally Rooney adapted the coming of age novel along with Alice Birch and Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe.
Directed by Oscar-nominated film-maker Lenny Abrahamson, the series was filmed in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy.
Speaking about the adaptation being broadcast on the network, RTÉ’s Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Dermot Horan said: "We are very proud to bring this beautifully-made and compelling series from Element Pictures to our RTÉ viewers."
"The appeal and the reach of the book and this series is global, but at its heart is a distinctly Irish story which we know will strongly resonate with our younger viewers."
A broadcast date is yet to be confirmed.