Netflix is returning to Sex Education. The streaming service has renewed the comedy-drama starring Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield for an eight episode second season.
Sex Education follows Otis Milburn – an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, Jean Milburn, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status.
He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realises he may need some therapy of his own. The series, which was created by Laurie Nunn, is produced by Eleven and stars Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Tanya Reynolds, Patricia Allison and Alistair Petrie Jamie Campbell and Laurie Nunn are the executive producers.
“Laurie Nunn has captured the awkward teenage experience with a lot of heart and humor in Sex Education,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix. “Along with the Eleven team and executive producer and director Ben Taylor, she’s created a universally relatable series that has resonated with our members around the world.”
“The reception to season one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible”, added series creator Laurie Nunn. “I’m hugely grateful to every person that has taken the time to watch the series, and I can’t wait to continue this amazing journey.”
Sex Education is one of Netflix’s few British original series. Other such originals include: royal drama The Crown, which has been renewed through season four; and Lovesick, which began its life as a Channel 4 commission (under the title Scrotal Recall) before moving to Netflix with its second season. Per Netflix, Sex Education is tracking to be a huge hit (estimated over 40 million households watching the title within the first 4 weeks). Production on season two is set to get underway in the UK this spring.