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Strap Yourself In, Normal People’s Paul Mescal Will Mess With Your Mind In This Epic Thriller

By Morgan Reardon
14th Aug 2020

Paul Mescal leans against a wall in at night in the city.

When we last drooled over, sorry, saw Paul Mescal he was making us feel all the things in Sally Rooney’s popular book to TV adaptation Normal People.

Well, we hate to burst the beautiful bubble you’ve concocted but in Mescal’s latest show, The Deceived, he takes a serious detour.

Yes there’s sex, lust and illicit affiars (we know what you wanted to know about first) but there’s also murder, manipulation and betrayal aplenty. In short, it’s absolutely epic and will leave you thinking about it long after the credits roll.

Written by Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, Being Human, The White Queen), the four-part drama was filmed in Northern Ireland and follows English student Ophelia (Emily Reid), who falls in love with her married lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan (played by Peaky Blinders’ Emmett J. Scanlan). In him she sees all the answers to her needs—plus electric chemistry. But when their affair is interrupted by a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind. Spiralling out of control  she turns to a local builder named Sean McKeough (Mescal) for some friendly support...or so she thinks.

Check out the eerie trailer below:

Keen? The Deceived premieres on TVNZ OnDemand from Thursday 3 September, and the additional good news is that the whole series will be available to binge from then.

Need something to watch now? Check out all the best new shows on Netflix NZ.

Image credit: Paul Mescal Instagram 

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