A now-infamous debate erupted on Irish phone-in show Liveline last week when a listener named Mary phoned in to complain that scenes of the BBC adaptation of Normal People were “something you’d expect to see in a porno movie”.
The show’s (many) sex scenes champion healthy communication and comfort in a way rarely seen on screen. Connell asks Marianne if she’s OK, wears a condom and Marianne has a physiologically plausible orgasm.
Admittedly, the bar is pretty low. Main man Connell has been heralded on Twitter as the “CEO of consent” and the scenes had their own “intimacy coordinator” to