Though we had to wait an unusually long time to see Moordale’s teens back on our screens – thanks, COVID – Netflix is wasting no time with Sex Education season four.
A mere week after the third series arrived, the streamer confirmed a fourth series was in the works during its TUDUM event, which also unveiled a Stranger Things season four trailer and a first look at Bridgerton’s upcoming second series.
Stars Ncuti Gatwa (Eric) and Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson) broke the news, much to the relief of fans wondering what will befall the students of Moordale now that their school is no longer.
Though such a swift renewal is unusual for Netflix, it’s not surprising considering the show’s popularity.
Netflix famously doesn’t release viewership figures, but the series hasn’t left its internal top 10 chart since season three landed and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and fans alike.
But just how long will we have to wait before we see the brilliant Sex Education cast on our screens again? And will Moordale High School really shut down? Here’s everything we know so far about Sex Education season four.
Sex Education season 4 release date: When will it arrive on Netflix?
Netflix has renewed Sex Education for season four – which is handy as the cast and crew all seem keen on more comedic sexual escapades at Moordale High – or wherever they’ll be studying next, considering the school is set to shut down after the events of the third series.
Creator Laurie Nunn had said previously that she was on board, telling The Hollywood Reporter. “I think these characters… they’ve got legs. I think I could do some more with them if we’re given the chance.”
The show’s big-name star Gillian Anderson also seemed game to clear her schedule for another season, but pointed out that it’s ultimately up to the executives at Netflix who, we are happy to say, saw sense.
“It has been discussed and I think, given how much people are enjoying it, I don’t see why it wouldn’t [continue], but things change,” Anderson told Collider. “Things are changing at Netflix daily, as we speak. And so at the end of the day, it’s nobody’s call but those guys at the top.”
Wit the season officially confirmed, RadioTimes.com predicts Sex Education season four will be released in September 2022 at the very earliest.
Sex Education seems to have a reasonably rapid turnaround, as the second season was released almost exactly a year after the first in January 2020.
However, filming of season three was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, and did not premiere until over 18 months later in September 2021.
COVID-19 restrictions permitting, Sex Education could hopefully return to a yearly release cycle – though the show’s preference to shoot during the summer months may delay this somewhat.
Star Aimee Lou Wood revealed back in June 2021 that she had already discussed season four storylines with the writers.
“I’m actually talking about a storyline for season four at the moment that I’m giving some feedback on,” Lou Wood told RadioTimes.com and other press at a BAFTA Q&A.
She added: “I’d love to be in the writer’s room for [season four] – saying that here. But then again… I’d also like to just go home and learn my lines!”
It seems season three’s delay may have given the writers more time to work on season four – so there’s a good chance filming could begin shortly.
Sex Education season 4 cast
The Sex Education cast is quite expansive, and barring any surprise developments we expect them all to return for season four.
This of course includes Asa Butterfield as awkward teenage sex therapist Otis, screen legend Gillian Anderson as his frank mother Jean, a scene-stealing Ncuti Gatwa as his irrepressible best friend Eric and Emma Mackey as troubled social outcast Maeve.
- You can hear Sex Education’s Gillian Anderson and Jason Isaacs talking to RT’s Jane Garvey on the Radio Times Podcast
Other actors likely to re-enroll at Moordale (should the school be saved) include Connor Swindells as reformed bully Adam, a BAFTA-winning Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee, Kedar Williams-Stirling as former jock Jackson and Alistair Petrie as the disgraced Mr Groff.
Sex Education does a great job of showcasing its supporting cast of course, so reappearances are likely for Tanya Reynolds as Lily, Mimi Keene as Ruby, Chaneil Kular as Anwar, Patricia Allison as Ola, Mikael Persbrandt as Lily’s dad Jakob, Samantha Spiro as Adam’s mum Maureen, Rakhee Thakrar as Miss Sands and Jim Howick as Mr Hendricks.
Simone Ashley is also expected to return as Untouchables member Olivia, so long as there is not a schedule clash now she is a lead in Bridgerton.
The cast list doesn’t stop there, however. Sami Outalbali could be back as Eric’s former boyfriend Rahim, Chinenye Ezeudu will likely return as overachiever Viv, while George Robinson may well reappear as Maeve’s neighbour Isaac.
Season three’s new additions will likely reprise their roles also, including Jason Isaacs as Mr Groff’s brother Peter, Dua Saleh as non-binary student Cal and possibly even Jemima Kirke as headmistress Hope Haddon.
We may also see Otis’ dad Remi (James Purefoy) pop up again, as well as Jackson’s mothers Roz (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), and Sofia (Hannah Waddingham), who had a cameo in the third series.
It remains to be seen whether Maeve’s family will return as they are largely absent from her life – though Anne Marie-Duff is a likely candidate after appearing in both seasons two and three.
Maeve’s estranged brother Sean (Edward Bluemel) is a less likely prospect, as he has not been seen since season one.
“I have to wait and see really,” Bluemel told . “It’s definitely something that has been talked about and I think, judging by people who have watched the show, I think it makes sense if he does return.”
“It’s an interesting one playing a character who’s entire schtick is that he’s never there, because you’re like, ‘Oh yes, I’ve been cast as this brilliant role,’ but his main thing is that he’s never, ever there, so it’s quite funny waiting.”
Sex Education season 4 plot
It seems that season four will see a bit of a shake-up for the show following the events of the last series. Moordale High is seemingly shutting down after investors pulled funding following the students’ protest against headteacher Hope’s new rules.
And though Maeve and Otis finally got together in the third series, Maeve ended up leaving for America before their relationship could get off the ground. We’ll have to wait and see if season four sees them try out long-distance or picks up once Maeve is back in Moordale.
The series three finale also teased that Jakob might not be the father of Jean’s baby, which would certainly put their fragile relationship – and their newfound family dynamic – to the test.
Other plot points set up in the third series likely to be explored in season four include Cal and fellow non-binary student Layla’s budding friendship, and even a potential love triangle between Eric, Adam and Rahim, Eric’s previous ex-boyfriend.
Is there a trailer for Sex Education season 4?
We didn’t get a trailer for season three until 10 days (!) before release – so with season four not even green-lit yet never mind filming, don’t expect a trailer for quite a while.
We’ll update this page with the Sex Education season four trailer as soon as it is released.
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