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Something ‘extra special’ for fans of ‘Normal People’

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in "Normal People."
Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in "Normal People."Enda Bowe/Hulu via New York Times

If you’re one of the many people who loved Hulu’s “Normal People,” this may be of interest. The drama, which I loved (even though it was about two episodes too long), is coming back, sort of.

The cast has reunited for two new mini-episodes of the Irish series, including the stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. One of the pieces is called “Normal Older People,” which imagines what happens with Marianne and Connell 40 years from now; the other piece is a mystery.

Oh, I forgot to say: The two shorts are comedies. They’ve been made for Comic Relief in Ireland, and they will air at a fund-raiser that will be televised Friday night in Ireland. Now we have to hope that they will find their way onto YouTube, so that we can see them.

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“It’s so much better than anything we’ve ever made,” director-writer and Comic Relief cofounder Richard Curtis said in a radio interview in Ireland. “I can’t even say all about it because there’s a guest star in it. … One of the things about Comic Relief is it just gives opportunities for things to happen that would never happen. I can’t imagine any context in which they would have allowed this little sort of extra special into the world of ‘Normal People.’ ” In past Comic Relief events, Curtis has reunited the casts of his movies “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Love Actually.”


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.