Saturday, 8th May 2021

Stranger Things shown as Normal Things in Norfolk

NETFLIX show Stranger Things is streamed to viewers in Norfolk as Normal Things, the company has confirmed.

The move repositions the series as a relatable show in which teenagers from a small town experience things typical to growing up in the Fenland regions without changing any of the content.

A spokesman said: “We received a lot of complaints from the area about the first series. Chiefly that there were no supernatural events taking place because they were all perfectly normal and hardly worth remarking on.

“We’re also not promoting it in those regions as being set in the 1980s, because in Norfolk digital watches, videotapes and extra-long cords on home telephones are right on the cutting edge.”

Norfolk-specific name changes have precedents, with Supernatural broadcast as Natural and The X-Files renamed What Happens In Cromer.

Swaffham councillor Francesca Johnson said: “Normal Things is an important show for Norfolk. Everyone here is very much looking forward to seeing themselves represented on screen. This stuff matters.

“My own daughter is named Eleven. Well after the first eight or so you run out of names.”