Netflix's Sex Education has won the hearts of anyone who has ever felt self-conscious about having sex with the lights on, or been embarrassed by their mom trying to gatecrash their friend's house party. So, needless to say, Netflix absolutely delighted fans when they confirmed that the relatable teens of Moordale High—Otis, Maeve, and Eric—will be back for Sex Education season 2.
About the recommission, series creator Laurie Nunn said, "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."
Sex Education Season 2 release date
If you're counting down the days to Christmas but kind of dreading the new year, Netflix has something to make the introduction to 2020 a little bit easier. "Sex Education will return to Netflix on 17 January 2020 with eight brand new episodes," the streaming website revealed. And just like that, the January blues are banished.
Sex Education Season 2 cast
Surprise! There are new characters to be excited about, after Netflix announced they were adding some fresh faces to the cast. Newcomers Sami Outalbali, George Robinson, and Chinenye Ezeuduhave have been announced for the second season, with viewers also getting a glimpse of them in character.
Chinenye Ezeudu plays Viv—a super-intelligent, multi-talented academic student, who is anything but talented in love.
Sami Outalbali will play French student named Rahim, who turns heads when he joins Moordale Secondary.
Finally, George Robinson, who joins the series as a character named Isaac, is a student who moves into Maeve's (Emma Mackey) caravan park.
All the main characters are returning! So that's Otis, Maeve, Otis' mom Jean, Eric, Aimee, Jackson, and Adam! Emma Mackey —who plays whip-smart Maeve—and Ncuti Gatwa—who plays the loveable out and proud Eric—previously contemplated what could be in store for both of their characters.
And what they think about the possibility of Maeve and Otis finally getting together —the sexual tension just emanates off the screen! "It's tricky because I don't even know where they stand anymore, I think they both need to figure some stuff out," Emma told Cosmopolitan UK.
"I think Maeve needs to focus on her friendship with Aimee [Aimee Gibbs] and on her relationship with herself, and self-care and looking after herself. And Otis needs to learn as well, he's not ready for a relationship."
"Ncuti said the other day, 'I don't think Otis is ready for a relationship ' and I agree he needs to figure out some stuff, and I think he and Ola [Patricia Allison] are a good fit for now, so we'll see."
"I'm really fascinated to see what happens with Eric next what is he going to get up to next," Ncuti added.
First look at Sex Education Season 2 & storylines
Season 2 is going to be even better than the first if the first look images are anything to go by. In Season 1, Otis and pal Maeve set-up a sex clinic at school, but things ended up getting very complicated. To make things worse, the new season will see Moordale battling a Chlamydia outbreak. Not only that, a group of new kids arrive, and their number one aim is to shake things up and create a stir.
Meanwhile, Otis struggles to move forward with girlfriend Ola and also has to navigate his now strained relationship with Maeve, who grows closer to Aimee.
Elsewhere, Otis' sex therapist mom Jean and Jakob's relationship is finally discovered and they have to learn how to operate as a blended family. But will Otis be on board?
Sex Education Season 2 filming
Sex Education season 2 officially began filming back in May.
Netflix shared this adorable video of the gang at their first table-read of the second season. They all look like they're having the best time ever:
And Gillian Anderson shared this photo:
Sex Education Season 2 trailer
Check out this teaser trailer...
Oh, and in case you haven't seen it, what is Sex Education even about?
The coming-of-age series follows endearing 17-year-old Otis—who has inherited his mother's intuitive talent for sex therapy and resolving couples' intimacy issues.
Human sexuality is both his super-power and his kryptonite—cue his mom Jean informing him that she's well aware that he's been staging his own post-masturbation scenes, and is more than happy for him to talk to her all about his sexual block. He declines—but he is more than content to discuss the sexual conundrums of his contemporaries face-to-face.
Along with his school pal and crush Maeve, the pair put the abandoned and potentially asbestos-ridden school bathrooms to good use and hand out sex advice to the hormonal teens confused by sex and everything it orbits. At a price, obviously. Because sex at any age can be confusing.
The characters are so well-written that although on the surface they could initially appear as cliches—the popular girl, Aimee, the popular jock, Jackson, the gay best friend, Eric—their intricate and complex backstories means they are so much more than their outward appearance.
The show has also been heralded for its sensitive and authentic handling of adolescent growing pains, sexuality, abortion, coming out, slut-shaming, and revenge porn.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.