“The reception to series one has been so exciting,” creator Laurie Nunn said. “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.”
Nunn had earlier revealed that she had already begun work on the second series before the renewal was officially confirmed. Given that Netflix typically commissions TV series in batches of two, it’s good to hear that a plan for the new episodes was already well underway.
When will Sex Education season two be released on Netflix?
The first series saw Otis (aka ‘Pleasure Master’) grow in confidence, and although his feelings for his sex therapy business partner, Maeve, weren’t reciprocated (or so he thought…), at the end of the series he does enjoy a kiss with Ola (Patricia Allison), the daughter of his mum’s new sexy handyman (and boyfriend — awkward!).
Maeve, on the other hand, seems lost after realising (finally!) that her boyfriend Jackson isn’t all he’s cracked up to be — but when she decides to make a move on Otis, she catches sight of him and Ola kissing.
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Meanwhile — and we all totally saw this coming — Otis’s best friend Eric (a scene-stealing Ncuti Gatwa) hooked up with the headmaster’s bad-boy son, Adam (Connor Swindells). However, Eric is left disappointed again after Adam is packed off to military school.
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Gatwa told RadioTimes.com that from the moment he read the part in the script where Adam pushes Eric into the lockers, he knew they’d end up romantically involved.
“Oh yes,” he said. “I have to admit I did see it literally from the first moment that Adam pushes Eric into the lockers, I was like, ‘I bet you anything they end up together.’ And lo and behold, by episode eight they’re rolling around those music room floors. I did see it. I thought it was quite exciting.”
He added that eagle-eyed fans also noticed numerous phallic Easter eggs (yes, that’s now a thing) dotted throughout the series with regards to Adam’s crush on Eric. “Adam is weirdly obsessed with Eric actually,” said Gatwa. “He’s always holding something phallic near his mouth when he’s watching Eric. All the signs are there.”
Which cast members will return for Sex Education season two?
Netflix has confirmed that all of the main cast will be returning. This means Gillian Anderson will be reprising her role as Jean, Asa Butterfield as Otis, Emma Mackey as Maeve, Ncuti Gatwa as Eric, Aimee-Lou Wood as Aimee, Connor Swindells as Adam, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson, Tanya Reynolds as Lily, and Patricia Allison as Ola.
And they will be joined by a few new cast members – with Sami Outalbali, George Robinson and Chinenye Ezeudu all added to the cast. Apparently Ezeudu will play Viv, a super intelligent, multi-talented academic student, who is anything but talented in love, Outalbali will play Rahim a french student who turns heads when he joins Moordale Secondary and Robinson will play Isaac, who creates waves when he moves into Maeve’s caravan park.
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Netflix have released some plot details about what’s coming up in the sophomore season, where late bloomer Otis will try to progress with his new girlfriend Ola, while his relationship with Maeve suffers as a result.
Things aren’t any easier for the supporting characters. Now at military school, Adam will find himself still deeply conflicted by his feelings for Eric, whose boost in self-confidence is getting him more attention at Moordale.
Meanwhile, Jackson finds himself under intense academic pressure from his parents who are desperate for him to succeed.
With all this going on, Moordale Secondary will also be hit with an outbreak of chlamydia, only strengthening the case for better sex education at the school.
Ncuti Gatwa, who plays Eric, told RadioTimes.com he has one very specific wish for his character next season: “I would like for Eric to get better at playing the French horn. I would also like people to know it is the French horn. People often mistake it for the trombone, but it’s not.” You tell ’em, ‘tromboner’!
Are there any first look images for series two?
Yes! Netflix listed a range of images for the new series – which should debut at some point in 2020.