Netflix has renewed Sex Education for a second season.
The coming-of-age series, which premiered this January, tells the story of Otis, a teenage boy being raised by his sex-therapist mother Jean, played by Gillian Anderson. The eight-episode dramedy takes on conversations about sex, identity, love and the ups and downs of young adult life in a frank and truthful way – and that approach, combined with its funny cast, trans-Atlantic vibe and retro style has made it a huge success.
Created and written by Laurie Nunn, the series is directed by Ben Taylor (Catastrophe) and Kate Herron (BBC Three’s Five by Five) and was lauded by us, and others, for delivering a coming-of-age story with a fresh, feminist heart, and for presenting intersectional and multidimensional characters that audiences have fallen in love with. Indeed, within its first month of release, the series is expected to have been streamed by over 40 million Netflix households.
“Netflix’s hilarious, heartfelt and honest coming-of-age comedy is charmingly lewd and loveable,” we wrote in our review of Season 1.
Now, within weeks of its debut, Netflix has already signed up for more classes, with eight more episodes on the way.
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Tanya Reynolds and Patricia Allison are set to reprise their roles, and creator Laurie Nunn will return as creator and executive producer with Jamie Campbell set to executive produce alongside Nunn.
“The reception to series one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible. 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,” says Nunn.
“Laurie Nunn has captured the awkward teenage experience with a lot of heart and humor in Sex Education,” adds Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content, 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.”
Season 2 is slated to begin production this spring in the UK.
Sex Education: Season 1 is available on Netflix UK, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription.