BBC ‘desperate’ for second series of Normal People and keen to start production ASAP to ‘strike while the iron is hot’

THE BBC is ‘desperate’ for a second series of Normal People and keen to start production ASAP to ‘strike while the iron is hot’.

The adaptation of Sally Rooney's book has been a smash hit for the corporation, closing in on almost 30 million views.

So it's not surprising bosses are desperate for a second series to capitalize on the first season's success.

The series follows the turbulent relationship between Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and features plenty of steamy sex scenes between the pair.

An insider told The Mirror: "The BBC are desperate to get going on series two. The viewing numbers are huge and they want more of the same.

"They want to strike while the iron is hot and get working on the series as soon as possible.

"Their hope is to roll out the series in a similar time frame to Killing Eve. But it all depends on if they can get Sally Rooney on board."

BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell previously described Normal People as a "modern masterpiece" and said: "We’re delighted that Normal People has been such a success and so many people have come to iPlayer to watch it.

"From the initial read-through, the phenomenal thought and preparation the directors put into everything from the aesthetics, locations through to the costumes, we felt this piece would always be incredibly unique and it’s clear the audience thinks so too.

"It’s a modern masterpiece which has helped in catapulting the careers of two brilliant young actors and we’re looking forward to bringing more drama to BBC Three in the future."

Meanwhile Paul and Daisy appeared on last week's edition of The Graham Norton Show and spoke of their shock at the series' incredible viewing figures.

Daisy said: “It’s hard to believe people like it when we’re sitting in our bedrooms. It’s surreal.”
Paul added: “That’s not even a number I can compute. It sounds really good and brilliant but it’s not something either of us anticipated.

"It’s just been good news after good news. It’s crazy!”

Normal People is available to download on BBC iPlayer.

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