Sex Education season 2: cast, release date, plot and everything we know so far

Season one spoilers ahead!

Dropping onto Netflix in early January last year, Brit comedy Sex Education has fans impatiently waiting for a second season. The show follows awkward teenager Otis (Asa Butterfield), who discovers he has a talent for solving his classmates’ sexual problems. Capitalising on his newly realised skill set, him and school bad girl Maeve (Emma Mackey) set up an underground sex clinic to help their peers and earn a bit of cash. Sex positive and heartwarming, Sex Education sensitively tackles storylines like abortion, revenge porn and coming out, resulting in an intelligent – and laugh-out-loud – comedy.

Here’s everything we know so far about season 2.

Latest updates

  • The official trailer has been released
  • Netflix confirms that season 2 will be released on January 17, 2020, with eight new episodes.

Since filming began, we’ve been given a first look at the season with a number of photos released by Netflix, including leads Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa).

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Otis and Eric in Sex Education season 2

Adam (Connor Swindells) is seen at a military academy.

Adam Groff in Sex Education season 2

On top of that, we see Maeve (Emma Mackey) and Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) facing a police officer.

Aimee and Maeve in Sex Education season 2

Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) is also seen alongside his parents.

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Jackson in Sex Education season 2

Jean (Gillian Anderson) is back to no doubt give some more sex advice.

Jean in Sex Education season 2

While Lily (Tanya Reynolds) and Ola (Patricia Allison) are also seen together.

Lily and Ola in Sex Education season 2

Sex Education season two will also introduce a number of new characters, including Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu), who is described as a super-intelligent, multi-talented academic student, though lacks talent when it comes to love.

Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu) in Sex Education season 2

Also heading to Moordale is Rahim (Sami Outalbali), a French student who will turn heads.

Rahim (Sami Outalbali) in Sex Education season 2

Meanwhile, newcomer Isaac (George Robinson) will make waves when he moves into Maeve’s caravan park.

Isaac (George Robinson) in Sex Education season 2

What’s the release date of season 2 of Sex Education?

Netflix has confirmed that season 2 will be released on 17 January 2020 with eight new episodes.

Are there any trailers for season two of Sex Education?

Yes! The official trailer has just been released – watch here:

Which cast members will return for season two of Sex Education?

Netflix have confirmed the return of Gillian Anderson (Jean), Asa Butterfield (Otis), Emma Mackey (Maeve), Ncuti Gatwa (Eric), Aimee-Lou Wood (Aimee), Connor Swindells (Adam), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Tanya Reynolds (Lily) and Patricia Allison (Ola).

Speaking to The Thrillist, showrunner Laurie Nunn has said that in a second season, the show would once again centre around Otis: “If we’re lucky enough to get a series two, we will always come back to Otis”.

It’s now been confirmed by Netflix that Gillian Anderson will return as his mother, sex therapist Dr Jean Milburn, and Ncuti Gatwa will once again return as Otis’s best pal Eric Effiong. Connor Swindells’ return is a surprise one as the season finale saw him being sent to a military school.

What will happen in the next season?

Season two will see Otis try and come to terms with his newly found sexual urges as he tries to progress with new girlfriend Ola, as well as dealing with his now-strained relationship with Maeve. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary will find itself in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education. Plus, new kids will also come to town to challenge the status quo.

Eric, meanwhile, will find a newfound self-confidence that will draw unfamiliar attention, while Adam will deal with his conflicted feeling for Eric while at military school. Additionally, Lily and Ola will find a new friendship, as will Jean and Adam’s mother Mrs Groff, while Jean’s relationship with Jakob will be discovered. Jackson will continue to be under pressure from his parents to succeed as well.

As for Maeve, her and Aimee’s friendship will get even stronger. Speaking to Teen Vogue Emma Mackey who plays Maeve expressed interest in Maeve and her best pal Aimee sharing more time together: “I hope if there is a Season 2 that Maeve and Aimee have a lot more time together, that their friendship comes to the forefront and center stage because I think there’s something really beautiful there… A focus on female friendships would be amazing.”

Series creator Leslie Nunn has also expressed interest in returning to Eric and Adam’s relationship. Throughout the first season we see Adam bully Eric, but in the final episode we see them end up in detention together, where their fighting turns into sex. Speaking to Thrillist, Nunn explained that she’d be keen to see what happens next for Adam: “It will be interesting to see where that takes him now that he’s developed a new part of himself after episode eight. It’s very sad and it’s definitely a cliffhanger in terms what might happen in the future between those two characters.”

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