Following the breakout success of its adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People, streaming service Hulu has signed up for the series based on Rooney's first book, Conversations with Friends.

Conversations with Friends tells the story of two college students in Dublin and their romantic entanglements with an older married couple. Like Normal People, Conversations with Friends will consist of twelve episodes of half an hour each.

Normal People was made by Dublin company Element Pictures for Hulu and the BBC, and all three will be reunited on the new series. Normal People's director Lenny Abrahamson will also be back behind the lens with writer Alice Birch once again adapting Rooney's work for the screen. As with Normal People, Rooney is among the executive producers on the series.

US entertainment trade website Deadline reports that Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for the show. The BBC had committed to Conversations with Friends in February - two months before Normal People became a television and streaming phenomenon. 

Lenny Abrahamson on the set of Normal People

"Sally Rooney perfectly and beautifully captures the complicated dynamics of relationships in her stories," said Beatrice Springborn, Vice President of Content at Hulu. 

"After bringing that to life in Normal People to an overwhelmingly positive response, we are honoured to do the same with Conversations with Friends. We are excited to continue our creative partnership with Sally, Element Pictures, Lenny and the BBC, which has been a dream collaboration."

Normal People director Abrahamson and stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones teamed up for a rapturously received sketch on RTÉ Does Comic Relief on Friday night.

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