Netflix’s Sex Education to return for a second season

Netflix has renewed Sex Education for a second season after gaining high audience demand for its first instalment, which generated 40m views within the first four weeks of release.

Sex Education, which launched its first season this January, follows a socially awkward high school virgin who lives with his sex therapist mother.

There will be eight new episodes of the series, which is expected to go into production this spring in the UK.

The first season has so far garnered critical and popular acclaim and has opened up cultural conversations around sexuality, relationship and identity. It was created by Laurie Nunn and executive produced by Eleven Productions’ Jamie Campbell and Ben Taylor.

Nunn will return as creator and exec producer along with Campbell. Eleven will also continue as production company for the second season.

Original cast members Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Sterling, Tanya Reynolds and Patricia Allison are also all set to reprise their roles.

Nunn said: “The reception to season 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.”

Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix added: “Laurie Nunn has captured the awkward teenage experience with a lot of heart and humor in Sex Education. Along with the Eleven team and executive producer and director Ben Taylor, she’s created a universally relatable series that has resonated with our members around the world.”