Normal People special showing Marianne and Connell 40 years later airs on Irish Comic Relief

Normal People is back, as two special episode featuring everyone’s favorite star-crossed lovers aired on irish Comic Relief tonight [Friday 26 June 2020].

But in the second special at least, Connell and Marianne aren’t quite as you remember them.

Titled Normal Older People, the clip showed the lovelorn tenagers 40 years in the future.

In it, Connell is seen making Marianne (played by Comic Relief host Deirdre O’Kane) beans on toast late one evening.

This leads us to believe grown-up Connell and Mari are still very much together, even if it basically a spoof. Hurray.

It’s Normal People’s Connell and Marianne – but not as you remember them (Picture: RTE)
Deirdre O’Kane as Marianne of the future (Picture: mailonline)

However, the kind beans on toast gesture goes somewhat awry, as it leads to a characteristically intense, intense discussion about… well, we’re not exactly sure.

But they’re still stumbling over the words and finding it impossible to make sense of each other. Tongue in cheek it may be, but it’s strangely comforting to see it!

Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell in Normal People (Picture: PA)

Earlier this evening, Irish Comic Relief aired another special featuring Marianne and Connell – played the show’s original actors Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal – seeking spiritual advice from a priest.

Not just any priest, though, but the Hot Priest from Fleabag, in one of the greatest cameos in the history of TV (probably).

Normal People, based on the novel of the same name by Sally Rooney, dropped on BBC3 earlier this year.

It promptly became one the channel’s most-watched show ever.

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