Ahead of Normal People's debut on RTÉ Television later this month, a teaser clip of central couple Connell and Marianne's first kiss has been released.

RTÉ has announced that it will begin airing the Element Pictures adaptation of Sally Rooney's acclaimed novel on Tuesday, April 28, with the BBC releasing a clip from its much-anticipated series on Friday.

The 12-part relationship drama stars Kildare newcomer Paul Mescal in his first television role as Connell, and British actress Daisy Edgar Jones (War of the Worlds, Cold Feet) in the role of Marianne.

The series follows two young people navigating adulthood in contemporary Ireland and their complicated relationship from the end of their school days in Sligo to their undergraduate years at Trinity College.

It also stars Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Rosie) and Aislín McGuckin (Outlander, Paula). 

Rooney adapted her coming-of-age book for the screen with Alice Birch (Succession, Lady Macbeth) and Irish playwright Mark O'Rowe (The Delinquent Season, Howie the Rookie). 

Normal People has been directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Room) and the English director Hettie Macdonald (Howard's End). The series was filmed in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy. 

Normal People is produced by Dublin company Element Pictures for BBC Three and Hulu in association with Screen Ireland. 

Ed Guiney of Element Pictures said: "All of us at Element feel so privileged to be part of adapting Sally's extraordinary novel, working once again with the brilliant Lenny Abrahamson. The show is an incredible testament to our wonderful (largely) Irish cast and crew and we are delighted that RTÉ will be bringing it to Irish audiences in the very near future."

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