Normal People fans go WILD as Fleabag's Hot Priest makes cameo during Irish Comic Relief special

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Normal People fans go WILD as Fleabag's Hot Priest makes cameo during Irish Comic Relief special

Normal People fans went wild on Friday night as Fleabag's Hot Priest made a cameo in the Irish Comic Relief special episode.Paul Mescal reunited wi

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Normal People fans went wild on Friday night as Fleabag’s Hot Priest made a cameo in the Irish Comic Relief special episode.

Paul Mescal reunited with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones for RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland with Andrew Scott also getting involved for the ultimate collaboration, which was filmed at a social distance amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

In the spoof, Connell, played by Paul, went to visit Andrew, who played his Hot Priest character in Fleabag, at church for a confessional.

Dream team! Normal People fans went wild on Friday night as Fleabag's Hot Priest made a cameo in the Irish Comic Relief special episode

Dream team! Normal People fans went wild on Friday night as Fleabag’s Hot Priest made a cameo in the Irish Comic Relief special episode 

Yet the duo were soon joined by Marianne, played by Daisy, as she confessed to stealing Connell’s silver chain.

The item of jewellery is heavily focused in Normal People and a fan account on Instagram for the chain has 185K followers.

Connell starts of the special episode by admitting: ‘Bless me Father, for I have sinned.’ 

Hot Priest! Paul Mescal reunited with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones for RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland with Andrew Scott also getting involved for the ultimate collaboration, which was filmed at a social distance amid the COVID-19 crisis

Hot Priest! Paul Mescal reunited with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones for RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland with Andrew Scott also getting involved for the ultimate collaboration, which was filmed at a social distance amid the COVID-19 crisis 

Hilarious: In the spoof, Connell, played by Paul, went to visit Andrew, who played his Hot Priest character in Fleabag, at church for a confessional

Hilarious: In the spoof, Connell, played by Paul, went to visit Andrew, who played his Hot Priest character in Fleabag, at church for a confessional

To which Andrew is then revealed as the vicar, which is a clever link to his Priest character on Fleabag, as he says: ‘Go ahead my son.’ 

Connell continues: ‘I’m in love father but it’s complicated. I’m causing pain to the person I love. I don’t know, I guess I’m just really torn.’

The character then pokes fun at his sex life with Marianne, Normal People features over 41 minutes of amorous action across its episodes, as he quips: ‘You know, the physical side of things are great.

‘That’s always been so powerful, but it’s when I try to talk, when I try to express what I’m feeling at the time.’

Iconic: Yet the duo were soon joined by Marianne, played by Daisy, as she confessed to stealing Connell's silver chain

Iconic: Yet the duo were soon joined by Marianne, played by Daisy, as she confessed to stealing Connell’s silver chain

Brilliant! It ended with the trio singing Boyzone's Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

Brilliant! It ended with the trio singing Boyzone’s Baby Can I Hold You Tonight 

Yet instead of offering guidance to Connell, the Hot Priest then starts talking about his complicated romance with Fleabag, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

In the second series, Fleabag and the Hot Priest had a chemistry-fuelled romance which resulted in them ending up in bed. The actor became a ‘sex symbol’ after he demanded she ‘kneel’ in church before a passionate kiss.  

The final episode ended with the Hot Priest telling Fleabag that he had decided to stick to his religious vows rather than pursue a romance with her. 

Cleverly combining the two shows, the Hot Priest tells Connell: ‘I get it, I do. When it’s good, it feels so good. Her kisses taste so sweet, it’s almost like being tested. 

'Sex symbol status': In the second series, Fleabag, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the Hot Priest had a chemistry-fuelled romance which resulted in them ending up in bed

‘Sex symbol status’: In the second series, Fleabag, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the Hot Priest had a chemistry-fuelled romance which resulted in them ending up in bed 

Statement jewellery: Connell's chain is heavily focused in Normal People and a fan account on Instagram for the item of jewellery has 185K followers

Statement jewellery: Connell’s chain is heavily focused in Normal People and a fan account on Instagram for the item of jewellery has 185K followers

‘You lie awake at night wondering if this is some cosmic challenge that you’re being burdened with. In order to admit sin. You think something this perfect, this right, how could it be a sin?’

Going off on a tangent, the Priest continues: ‘The most exquisite torture is that you’ve been tricked into believing in goodness itself. An illusion so perfectly cunning, that it can only have been invented by the Devil not God!’

Connell then interrupts the Priest, to which Marianne, on the other side of the confessional, interjects with: ‘Bless me father for I have sinned.’

The typically feisty character insists: ‘I mean just so you know I don’t actually believe in the concept of sin, like this is the first time I’ve actually been to confession.’

Irish heartthrobs: Paul also took to Instagram after the scene aired to share some behind-the-scenes snaps of the socially distanced filming

Irish heartthrobs: Paul also took to Instagram after the scene aired to share some behind-the-scenes snaps of the socially distanced filming 

Incredible: He penned: 'Well this happened! @daisyedgarjones and Andrew are absolute legends. In the hands of Lenny and @suziecine, what is life ❤️. Thank you to element and @emeraoshea. Please, please please donate x.'

Incredible: He penned: ‘Well this happened! @daisyedgarjones and Andrew are absolute legends. In the hands of Lenny and @suziecine, what is life ❤️. Thank you to element and @emeraoshea. Please, please please donate x.’ 

Yet she continues: ‘I stole something… I was angry with someone who hurt me and I took something that doesn’t belong to me.’

The Priest encourages her to come forward, to which Marianne produces Connell’s silver chain and passes it over.

Yet she is unaware that Connell is sat opposite, to which he exclaims: ‘That’s mine!’

Connell and Marianne then start talking to each other as they both apologise for their actions while the Priest is left trying to get their attention.

It ended with the trio singing  Boyzone’s Baby Can I Hold You Tonight. 

Meltdown! The crossover sent fans into meltdown as they flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts over the Comic Relief special

Meltdown! The crossover sent fans into meltdown as they flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts over the Comic Relief special 

Paul also took to Instagram after the scene aired to share some behind-the-scenes snaps of the socially distanced filming. 

He penned: ‘Well this happened! @daisyedgarjones and Andrew are absolute legends. In the hands of Lenny and @suziecine, what is life ❤️. Thank you to element and @emeraoshea. Please, please please donate x.’ 

The crossover sent fans into meltdown as they flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts over the Comic Relief special.  

One person said: ‘#RTEComicRelief Loved that #NormalPeople sketch just perfect. Just adore Andrew Scott. Genius putting them together. Paul Mescal is a fab singer.’ 

A different user put: ‘Brilliant!! Such a great cross over that worked! Singing wasn’t too bad either! Impressive.’ 

Love story: The final episode of Fleabag ended with the Hot Priest telling Fleabag that he had decided to stick to his religious vows rather than pursue a romance with her

Love story: The final episode of Fleabag ended with the Hot Priest telling Fleabag that he had decided to stick to his religious vows rather than pursue a romance with her 

Another follower commented: ‘This is the best! At one point I expected Connel to say ‘kneel’ to Marianne hahaha omg!’

While a different account added: ‘It surpassed my expectations! I can’t get over it. Thank you for bringing together my 2 favourite shows #RTEComicRelief #Fleabag #NormalPeople.’ 

Yet this isn’t all for fans and another special clip called Normal Older People will also air during RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland. It will imagine Connell and Marianne 40 years from now.   

The charity’s co-founder Richard Curtis thrilled fans when he confirmed the news, which will imagine the lead characters’ lives several decades into the future.   

Speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Sunday with Miriam, he said: ‘There’s a beautiful piece called Normal Older People, which is imagining what would have happened to Marianne and Connell 40 years from now. 

There's more! Yet this isn't all for fans and another special clip called Normal Older People will also air during RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland. It will imagine Connell and Marianne 40 years from now (pictured in show still)

There’s more! Yet this isn’t all for fans and another special clip called Normal Older People will also air during RTÉ Does Comic Relief in Ireland. It will imagine Connell and Marianne 40 years from now (pictured in show still) 

‘I promise you, these are two very special bits. It’s so much better than anything we’ve ever made.

‘I mean I can’t even say all about it because there’s a guest star in it. But it’s really, it’s really beautiful.

‘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.’

Normal People follows Irish students Connell and Marianne (Daisy) as they navigate social and class dynamics from school to university. It is adapted from Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name.  

Watch RTÉ does Comic Relief tonight on RTÉ One. You can donate now on rte.ie/comicrelief and catch up on RTÉ Player.   

Plot: Normal People follows Irish students Connell and Marianne (Daisy) as they navigate social and class dynamics from school to university. It is adapted from Sally Rooney's best-selling novel of the same name (pictured in show still)

Plot: Normal People follows Irish students Connell and Marianne (Daisy) as they navigate social and class dynamics from school to university. It is adapted from Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name (pictured in show still)  

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