Marianne’s next stop is Sweden, filmed in the northern town of Luleå, on the Gulf of Bothnia near the border with Finland. The amazing scene of the frozen Baltic Sea is real – an annual phenomenon, with residents skating to nearby islands. Café scenes, however, weren’t filmed here but back home in Dublin: she has dinner with Lukas (Lancelot Ncube) in Forest Avenue restaurant and drinks coffee alone in The Fumbally café, rather than in any of the town’s real-life establishments. A little lie (and in the last scene, the snow is faked, too) but, as with everything in this excellent drama, it totally convinces.
‘Normal People’ is streaming on BBC iPlayer now [May 2020]
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