Sex Education to start production in August?
Staff Reporter | On 26, May 2020Reading time: 3 mins
Sex Education may begin filming in August, as Netflix starts to eye a restart in production on some of its projects.
The coming-of-age comedy, which stars Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield, follows Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean. In Season 1, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) set up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice. Season 2, which gave Gillian Anderson a more prominent role, and a romantic dilemma for Ncuti Gatwa’s scene-stealing Eric, cemented the show as one of Netflix’s breakout hits, finding success on both sides of the Atlantic.
Season 3 was set to go into production this month, before the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown led to production across film and TV being closed down. Now, Deadline reports that a “number of sources” say August is “the current ambition” to start filming, although “nothing is cast in stone” due to the quickly changing situation around the virus.
August would be latest possible date for the show to enter production without being held up a year, due to the long days of British summer that are needed for the series’ look and tone. That means a decision is expected in the coming month, allowing for enough weeks of preparation beforehand.
The report comes as Netflix has restarted production on its Icelandic thriller Katla, but under very strict conditions (including a colour-coded division of cast and crew), and as soap operas in the UK have started to resume filming under similarly tight restrictions.
Sex Education is more of a challenge, however, given its very nature involves intimacy between actors. With some cast members reportedly sharing apartment blocks in Cardiff and Newport during previous shoots, it might be possible for actors to be quarantined in a way that keeps everyone safe while enabling production. Watch this space for more.
Sex Education renewed for Season 3
10th February 2020
Netflix has renewed Sex Education for a third season.
The coming-of-age comedy, which stars Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield, follows Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean. In Season 1, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) set up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice.
Season 2, which debuted earlier this year, saw Jean encroach on his territory by stepping into the high school and offering counselling and guidance herself. All the while, Otis is juggling his relationship with Patricia Allison’s Ola and with Maeve, while Ola is off discovering herself, Aimee-Lou Wood’s Aimee Gibbs struggles with a traumatic incident and Ncuti Gatwa’s scene-stealing Eric finds himself torn between Connor Swindells’ Adam and Sami Outalbali’s new French student Rahim.
What will happen between Eric and Adam? Fans will now be able to find out, as Netflix has officially confirmed that the show will return for a third season – an announcement made within weeks of the Season 2 debut.
“Netflix’s charmingly crude coming-of-age comedy is smart, sweet and side-splittingly funny,” we wrote in our review of Season 2.
Season 3 will go into production later this year. The announcement came in the form of a video featuring Alistair Petrie, who plays the show’s uptight headmaster, giving us a tongue-in-cheek tour of the school’s art gallery. Here’s the video: