Sex Education continues acclaim for British television

Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson) has to resort more to flex his mental rather than physical muscle as he navigates through dealing with his parents and love life.
Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson) has to resort more to flex his mental rather than physical muscle as he navigates through dealing with his parents and love life.

Over the past decade, we bore witness to the resurgence in global acclaim for British cinematic offerings. Productions such as crime-thrillers Bodyguard and The Capture, and crime drama series London Kills have all taken the global market by storm, racking up numerous nominations and accolades.

At the core of this success is the willingness to push boundaries in their exploration of contemporary themes and tropes. As we enter the new year, internationally revered comedy-drama series Sex Education will premiere its second installment on Friday.

The show captivated many with its focus on stories about teenagers’ sexual anxieties and how they navigate relationships, both romantic and platonic. The eight new episodes raises the bar further in its exploration of themes that debunk stereotypes around sex and sexuality, prompting more conversations around topics considered taboo.

#Trending sat down with creator/writer, Laurie Nunn, protagonists Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) at the illustrious Rosewood Hotel in London to discuss the upcoming season.

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Nunn said the upcoming season would continue exploring late bloomer Otis’ life and how he masters his newly discovered sexual urges to progress with his girlfriend Ola. The show will also show how he deals with his now strained relationship with Maeve.

According to Nunn, female characters will be taking center stage with Maeve and Aimee’s friendship growing stronger than ever. Lily hits pause on her sexual endeavours choosing instead to focus on her creative talents and in the process, finds a newfound friend in Ola.

The growth in female characters was inspired by how the first season “sparked conversations about female pleasure, desire and body positivity.”

The first season was praised for the diversity of characters it portrayed. The creator of the show assured us that a lot of thought was put into developing the characters even further for the second season.

One such character is Eric. Besides being the gay black male best friend who is usually the comic relief, Eric also subverts a lot of stereotypical representations.

“His character goes deeper than just being a comedic relief to telling a particular intersectional story” of immigration and “Through relations between Otis and Eric, I wanted to convey the fact that men can communicate in a positive way and can be vulnerable with each other,” said Nunn.

Another big surprise in the next season is the addition of new characters. Nunn announced they were adding some fresh faces to the cast with newcomers Sami Outalbali, George Robinson and Chinenye Ezeudu have having been announced by Netflix as being a part of the second season.


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