Stream for free: “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends” now in the ZDF Media Library


“Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends”: You can currently watch the series in the ZDF media library Sdream.

Irish author Sally Rooney now has three bestselling novels in her oeuvre: “Conversations with Friends,” “Normal People” and “Beautiful World, Where Art Thou.” The first two releases were so popular that they were adapted into a screenplay and filmed as a series with twelve episodes each.

Where can you stream “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends”?

The series based on the book “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney are only rarely available in Germany. With the Amazon Prime Video streaming service, for example, individual episodes can only be rented for a fee. So fans of the books will surely be happy with this news: “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends” are now available to free streaming in the ZDF media library available. It’s worth hurrying, because ZDF is only offering the Irish series for one month.

“Normal People” series: data streaming

  • ZDF Media Library: Episodes of “Normal People” are available to stream in the ZDF media library until March 24, 2024.
  • Information: Individual episodes are only available between 10pm and 6am and subject to age verification. To do this, you need to log in to your ZDF account and authenticate.

“Conversations with friends”: data streaming

  • ZDF Media Library: Episodes of “Conversations with Friends” are available for streaming in the ZDF media library until March 25, 2024.
Daisy EdgarJones took over the lead role of Marianne.

Daisy Edgar-Jones took over the lead role of Marianne.

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Paul Mescal plays Connell.

Paul Mescal plays Connell.

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What is “Normal People” about?

The book and the series of the same name “Normal People” are set in Ireland and are about the two teenagers Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal), whose love story spans their entire life. The inconspicuous Marianne comes from a wealthy family and is affected and faced with family difficulties, while Connell grows up in simple, loving circumstances and is a favorite at school. The plot is characterized not only by the emotional roller coaster that can be experienced while reading, but also by Sally Rooney’s special way of telling the story, which makes the almost indescribable describable.

The coming-of-age story was published in 2020 in a German-language edition under the title “Normal People”. The book was adapted as a series with twelve episodes by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald; co-produced by BBC3 and Hulu. The “Normal People” series premiered in the UK in April 2020.

Series “Normal People”: official trailer

The cast of the series “Normal People”.

  • Daisy Edgar Jones as Marianne
  • Paul Mescal as Connell
  • Aislin McGuckin as Denise
  • Sarah Greene as Lorraine
  • Frank Blake as Alan
  • India Mullen as Peggy
  • Eliot Salt as Joanna
  • Éanna Hardwicke as Rob
  • Seán Doyle as Eric
  • Leah McNamara as Rachel
  • Desmond Eastwood as Niall
  • Fionn O’Shea as Jamie
  • Aoife Hinds as Helen
  • Lauryn Canny as Teresa
  • Sebastian de Souza as Gareth
  • Lancelot Ncube as Luca
  • Noma Dumezweni as Gillian
  • Niam Lynch as Karen
  • Kwaku Fortune as Philip
Alison Oliver and Joe Alwyn in

Alison Oliver and Joe Alwyn in Conversations with Friends.

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Frances Bobbie and Melissa in conversation.

Frances, Bobbie and Melissa in conversation.

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The plot of “Conversations with Friends”

Sally Rooney made her writing debut with “Conversations with Friends” during her student days. This story is also about her – to put it simply – about love. The protagonists Frances (Alison Oliver) and Nick (Joe Alwyn) begin a relationship, even though Nick is married to Melissa (Jemima Kirke), with whom Frances actually has a friendship. As if that wasn’t enough, Frances’ ex-partner Bobbi (Sasha Lane) is also involved in the situation: she is interested in Melissa and therefore throws herself into the web of twisted love stories.

The novel “Conversations with Friends” was published in Germany in 2019 and was filmed as a twelve-episode series by Lenny Abrahamson and Leanne Welham in co-production with BBC3 and Hulu. The “Conversations with Friends” series first aired in May 2022.

“Conversations with Friends”: official trailer

The cast of the series “Conversations with friends”

  • Alison Oliver as Frances
  • Sasha Lane as Bobbi
  • Joe Alwyn as Nick
  • Jemima Kirke as Melissa
  • Alex Murphy as Philip
  • Justine Mitchell as Paula
  • Tommy Tiernan as Dennis
  • Kerry Fox as Valerie
  • Emmanuel Okoye as Andrew
  • Tadhg Murphy as Derek
  • Natalie Radmall-Quirke as Sunny
  • Sarah Jane Seymour as Emer
  • Simone Collins as Maggie
  • Caoimhe Coburn Gray as Aideen
  • Sallay Garnett as Evelyn

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