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Normal People has become the most watched BBC Three show EVER

Normal People has become the most-watched BBC Three show ever.

The drama, which follows the complex love story of Marianne Sheridan [Daisy Edgar-Jones] and Connell Waldron [Paul Mescal], has won over the hearts of fans.

The first episode of the drama has now been watched by 6.75 million devices just two months after it aired, making it the most popular programme on the channel ever.  

What a hit! Normal People has become the most-watched BBC Three show ever

Normal People follows Marianne and Connell as they navigate the difficulties of social and class dynamics during their time at high school and college. 

The much-loved show has also broken the record for the most sex ever shown in a BBC series, after 41 minutes worth of intimate moments were aired throughout.

Although Normal People was originally a BBC Three show, the programme was also shown weekly on BBC One.

BBC Three already has several success stories under it's belt, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag and Ruth Jones and James Corden's Gavin and Stacey.

Star-crossed: The drama, which follows the complex love story of Marianne Sheridan [Daisy Edgar-Jones] and Connell Waldron [Paul Mescal], has won over the hearts of fans

Normal People has also been a huge hit in America and is being streamed on Hulu.   

Controller for BBC Three Fiona Campbell previously said of the show's success: 

'We're delighted that Normal People has been such a success and so many people have come to iPlayer to watch it.

Raunchy! The much-loved show has also broken the record for the most sex ever shown in a BBC series, after 41 minutes worth of intimate moments were aired throughout

'From the initial read-through, the phenomenal thought and preparation the directors put into everything from the aesthetics and locations through to the costumes, we felt this incredible piece would always be 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.'   

After the series was released on iPlayer, Normal People viewers went wild for the Irish drama. 

Fans binge-watched the show and went wild for the two leads, Paul and Daisy.

Incredible: The first episode of the drama has now been watched by 6.75million devices just two months after it aired, making it the most popular programme on the channel ever

Viewers labelled the series 'perfect' and praised the show for 'capturing the atmosphere of the book', something which can often be missed in novel adapted scripts. 

While some fans have even joked about the amount of people who will be 'sliding into Paul's DMs' after capturing the heart of viewers with his gut-wrenching portrayal of Connell.

One person posted a GIF of Desperate Housewives' Edie and joked: 'Every girl in Paul Mescal's DMs after watching the show #NormalPeople.' 

A different user put: 'Okay the BBC series #NormalPeople captures the atmosphere of the book so damn well I've never seen a TV show with this vibe idk how to use words but it's somehow just like life ?? A true and beautiful adaptation this brings me so much joy.' 

Love: Normal People follows Marianne and Connell as they navigate the difficulties of social and class dynamics during their time at high school and college 

Another follower commented: 'Got approximately 3 hours sleep cos I was watching all of #NormalPeople in bed last night and it is safe to say I am not emotionally stable today.' 

A different account gushed: 'Wow three episodes in and #NormalPeople is just stunning... everything I wanted carried from the book, the minimal dialogue, the pauses, even the short episodes just leave you wanting more I've cried already.' 

While another viewer added: '#NormalPeople on @BBCiPlayer is beyond amazing. I'm lying in bed crying my eyes out at 4:30am. An epic romance told with breathtaking intimacy.' 

Talking about how she was cast in the show, Marianne star Daisy revealed that she discovered the part after her boyfriend helped her friend with the audition.

Success: Viewer labelled the series 'perfect' and praised the show for 'capturing the atmosphere of the book', something which can often be missed in novel adapted scripts

Talking to British Vogue, she said: 'A month or two later, I did my chemistry read with Paul. I'd never felt adrenaline like it. I thought, "Yeah, he's perfect for Connell. Please cast me."'

The series has also been praised for showing 'realistic', 'consensual' and 'communicative' sex scenes between Connell and Marianne, again something which can be missing from TV shows.

One person said: 'Safe, consensual and communicative sex should be included so much more in film and TV!! #NormalPeople #CovideoParty.' 

While a different fan added: 'There should be more awkward laughing in sex scenes #CovideoParty #Normalpeople.' 

Praise: The series has also been praised for showing 'realistic', 'consensual' and 'communicative' sex scenes between Connell and Marianne, again something which can be missing from TV shows 

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