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Normal People Fans Will Love New BBC Series We Are Who We Are

Normal People Fans Will Love New BBC Series We Are Who We Are

Several months have passed since we were welcomed into the wonderful world of Normal People.

If you miss following Marianne and Connell's relationship through the ups and downs from their final days at secondary school to becoming undergraduates, BBC Three may have a show that could potentially fill that Normal People-sized void in your life.

BBC Three, the same channel that aired the beloved Primetime Emmy nominated Irish drama starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, have acquired an American drama series called We Are Who We Are.

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The show is not about the immensely popular Kesha song by the way, it is in fact a coming of age drama series directed and co-created by Luca Guadagnino. Set in Italy, similar to Guadagnino's Academy Award nominated film Call Me By Your Name, We Are Who We Are is set on an army base in Italy.

We meet two American teens named Fraser Wilson, played by Jack Dylan Grazer from the It movies and Caitlin "Harper" Poythress, played by Jordan Kristine Seamón.

Fraser and Caitlin are both 14-years-old when they meet at the army base in Italy. Jack has moved from New York with his mothers and Harper, who appears bold and confident, is struggling with her gender identity. She has lived with her family on the base for several years and speaks Italian.

The cast also includes Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga, Spence Moore II, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

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The series explores friendship, first love, identity, and immerses us in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager.

Caitlin is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney (Francesca Scorsese), an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl; the cheerful and good-natured Craig (Corey Knight), a soldier in his 20s; Sam (Ben Taylor), Caitlin's possessive boyfriend; Enrico, Craig's younger brother (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a playful 18 year-old from Veneto who has a weak spot for Britney; and Valentina (Beatrice Barichella Craig's nineteen-year-old wife.

In a statement to the BBC, Luca Guadagnino said: "With We Are Who We Are, we are attempting to portray the here and now of two families, few generations, many exciting people.

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"To see the world from their perspective it is what I am delighted to share with UK audiences. To do so thanks to the prestigious and remarkable BBC is an accomplishment and a soothing encouragement."

We Are Who We Are is set on a military base in Italy (Credit: HBO/BBC Three)
We Are Who We Are is set on a military base in Italy (Credit: HBO/BBC Three)

Sound interesting? There will be eight hourlong episodes for you to binge when the show starts on 22 November on BBC Three/iPlayer.

Featured Image Credit: BBC Three/HBO

Topics: Normal People, TV and Film, TV Entertainment

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Gregory Robinson

Gregory is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, he has worked for both print and online publications and is particularly interested in TV, (pop) music and lifestyle. He loves Madonna, teen dramas from the 90s and prefers tea over coffee. Get in touch [email protected]