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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

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.


“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.