Netflix orders third Sex Education series

Monday 10th February 2020, 6:08pm

  • Netflix has recommissioned comedy drama Sex Education
  • The third series is expected to be published by the streaming company early in 2021
  • Series 2 was released just over three weeks ago
Sex Education. Image shows from L to R: Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), Adam Groff (Connor Swindells). Copyright: Eleven Film.

Netflix has ordered a third series of its hit British comedy drama Sex Education.

Filmed in Wales and set in a fictional town, the coming-of-age comedy is set around a secondary school and the sexual awakenings of its pupils.

News of the recommission will not come as a surprise, after the popular series ended its second run on an emotional cliffhanger.

Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey and Ncuti Gatwa star as lead characters Otis, Maeve and Eric, with Gillian Anderson as Otis's sex therapist mother, Jean.

Created and lead written by Australian-British writer Laurie Nunn, supporting stars include Aimee Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling and Tanya Reynolds.

Storylines include characters discovering their LGBTQ+ status; sex assault; marital breakdown; drug addiction; poverty; and other universal school- and teenage-related pressures.

The second series was published by the US streaming provider on Friday 17th January, with eight circa-50-minute episodes. It followed a first series, also 8x50, which premiered in January 2019.

Although details have yet to be confirmed by Netflix or production company Eleven Films, Series 3 is expected to be filmed later this year and consist of another eight episodes to be published early in 2021.

Netflix does not reveal comparable or verifiable viewing figures, but it did claim than 40 million member accounts had watched at least 70% of one episode of the first series in its Q1 2019 financial report.

Additional writers assisting Nunn on Series 2 included Rosie Jones, Mawaan Rizwan, Freddy Syborn, Richard Gadd and director Sophie Goodheart.

More details about the recommission are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

A video announcement of the recommission has also been released:


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