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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,336 ✭✭✭Wombatman

    3 episodes in and it's grating on the nerves a little. While unsophisticated socially awkward teenagers can have their charm, gauche adults who read too much into a bit of nookie are annoying and boring for the most part. Hope it improves or I might abandon it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18 BlockPartee

    I think Joe Alwyn does a decent Irish accent. He sounds much like D4 fellas I've met before so I can't fault him. The series is alright, it's quite slow but it's not bad. I haven't given up on it and I'm 9 episodes in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,386 ✭✭✭olestoepoke

    I enjoyed Normal people but not liking this so far, as others have said a bit slow.

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    I laughed when it was promo'd before Prime Time tonight and the continuity announcer remarked about Joe Duffy getting calls. That won't happen until the knickers on the bath room floor in episode 6 😁

    Ep 7 is where Joe Alwyn's accent well and truly slips, it's mostly ok up to there but is all over the place at that point.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,453 ✭✭✭sam t smith

    Assuming anyone is still watching by episode 6.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,184 ✭✭✭riclad

    We should be happy these programs make it look like Ireland is full of smart beautiful people who have deep meaningful intelligent conservations, not very realistic, but better than they old Hollywood stereotypes about drunken fighting Irish it's like an ad for the tourist board. I don't think it'll be as popular as normal people which got rave reviews

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,386 ✭✭✭olestoepoke

    I watched as far as the end of episode 3. It's very poor, that's me I'm out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 83,570 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    No wonder Taylor Swift is praising hyping the show, Joe is her fella, he looks kinda like Luke Bracey

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 jamsie2001

    I don't remember Sally Rooney having loads of English and Americans in her novels living in D4. I'm finding this first episode very pretentious, especially the accents. The characters remind me of some of the people studying English and Drama at TCD when I was there in the 90s.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 29,850 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I really liked Normal People. I did my Leaving Cert/went to college the same time it was set. I found a lot of the characters relatable from people I knew.(Certain bits were off of course).

    Trying this but not excited so far.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,041 ✭✭✭Icsics

    It’s very very slow & boring. Not much of a story & the little that’s there isn’t believable. A married couple suddenly becoming best friends with young women? Turned off at 3rd episode

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,179 ✭✭✭bullpost

    I watched snippets. I'll never get that time back unfortunately.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,981 ✭✭✭Man Vs ManUre

    What’s the story with the Tommy Tiernan character?? Is he clinically depressed over wife leaving him?? Or mental problems?? He has a bit of money owning houses at home in country and in Dublin City centre. But doesn’t live in flashy way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,344 ✭✭✭Hamachi

    I read the novel last year for my sins. Tommy Tiernan is playing her father. In the novel, you see him slipping deeper into alcoholism with each passing visit. The depression is mostly due to alcoholism, and is presumably also fueled by loneliness since the marriage breakdown.

    In the book, the Dublin apartment is located down around the Liberties. It isn't owned by the father, rather by his brother, Frances' uncle. She's allowed to live there alone during the summer holidays but has to share with a paying tenant during term time. That's the girl you see moving out in episode 1, with whom Frances makes some small talk.

    BTW, her home town in the novel is Ballina, if I recall correctly. I think the town portrayed in the TV show is Ballinasloe. I mentioned earlier in this thread that I hated the novel. I've only watched the first two episodes so far and I'm not impressed. I'll probably watch it, if only out of morbid curiosity. I don't like the casting, particularly internationalizing the 'Bobbi' character. Having said that, the actress playing 'Melissa' is pretty faithful to the source material.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,981 ✭✭✭Man Vs ManUre

    Thanks for great reply.

    I thought I saw the ocean when she went home. Neither Ballinasloe or Ballina are seaside towns.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,453 ✭✭✭sam t smith

    Rooney describes herself as a marxist and weaves her political beliefs into her novels.”

    You aren’t wrong. Marxist propaganda.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,453 ✭✭✭sam t smith

    Does Ms. Rooney write the screen plays also?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,416 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,453 ✭✭✭sam t smith

    A talented singer and song writer. My favourite songs of his would be ‘Hazard County’ and ‘Right Here Waiting For You’.

    You may have spotted him doing a cameo a few years back as a wedding singer in ‘Life in Pieces’.

    Married to Daisy Fuentes if I recall correctly, in spite of his mullet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,439 ✭✭✭RoTelly


    Just one more thing .... when did they return that car


  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭john9876

    Thanks for confirming that it was Ballinasloe. I thought that was what was on the train station sign but wasn't sure.

    It's ok, more style than substance.

    The most annoying part is the amount of text messages used which means I need to rewind it, pause it and walk up to the TV to read the message!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,413 ✭✭✭embraer170

    It is very French, but I am not hating it as much everyone else here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,344 ✭✭✭Hamachi

    For God's sake, don't read the book, if you think the characters in the TV adaptation are insufferable.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,344 ✭✭✭Hamachi

    I know somebody who vaguely knew her in Trinity. She was heavily involved in the debating societies and was apparently very opinionated and strident.

    She's clearly an intelligent woman and a decent writer. However, I get the sense that she isn't somebody you would want to go for pints with.

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