Normal People

Normal People ★★★★★

Beyond special. Never have I seen a story achieve such levels of pure humanity whilst avoiding any hint of melodrama. As honest a portrayal of real emotions and real situations as I have experienced through television. The performances seem as nuanced as they do effortless, Paul Mescal in particular has an uncanny ability to dramatise someone who innately hides their emotions. The direction is subtle but assured, rendering each moment with both verisimilitude and a deeper, emotional truth. The script gives its highly accomplished actors perfectly balanced dialogue, allowing them to build around the lines, whilst not falling into the free flow of improvisation. This creates scenes that are as tightly woven as they feel sampled from lives as real as yours or mine. A staggering, beautiful, devastating and profoundly sincere achievement by all involved. An incredibly high bar for television drama has been set.

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