Whether you’ve seen it or not, there's a good chance you'll be aware of the buzz surrounding Normal People. It's also highly likely any chatter you've heard will have revolved around its sex scenes.

After all, the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel contains a lot of sex. Across 12, half-hour episodes, the show manages to cram in 41-minutes of artfully-lit, breathtakingly intimate moments. But while that might sound gratuitous, it is the absolute lack of showmanship involved that has everyone talking. Normal People might contain tits, but its aims are a long, long way from titillation. And that’s largely thanks to one woman – Ita O’Brien.


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