Sex Education season 3 news, rumours, release date and cast

The Netflix YA hit Sex Education has continued to prove a hit – so much so that it’s back for a third season. 

Otis, Maeve, Eric, Jean and the rest of the crew will all be back to tackle their own personal issues and navigate their way through some difficult times. If you’d like to know more about what is in store for this season, we have everything you need to know.

You can also check out a similar roundup for The Witcher season 2 and Stranger Things season 4.

Sex Education season 3 release date

Sex Education will hit Netflix tomorrow, 17 September 2021 at 8am BST/3am ET/12am PT.

We assume like previous seasons that all eight episodes will drop at once, in line with Netflix’s binge culture.

Take a look at the first images for season 3 on the Netflix Twitter account:

Sex Education season 3 trailer

The first full trailer for season 3 of Sex Education is here. In it we get to see the tension between Otis and Maeve, Eric and Adam’s new relationship, and Moordale taking a much stricter approach towards its students:

The second full trailer dropped a day before the debut of season 3. It shows Maeve confronting Otis about *that* voicemail. Watch it below:

There’s also a promotional style video detailing some of the changes taking place at the school. We also have our first look at the new headmistress, Hope.

Sex Education cast and crew

You’ll be pleased to hear that all the big stars from the past few seasons will be returning. These are:

  • Asa Butterfield – Otis Milburn
  • Gillian Anderson – Jean Milburn
  • Emma Mackey – Maeve Wiley
  • Ncuti Gatwa – Eric Effiong
  • Connor Swindells – Adam Groff
  • Aimee-Lou Wood – Aimee Gibbs
  • Kedar Williams-Stirling – Jackson Marchetti
  • Chaneil Kular – Anwar
  • Simone Ashley – Olivia
  • Mimi Keene – Ruby Matthews
  • Tanya Reynolds – Lily Iglehart
  • Mikael Persbrandt – Jakob Nyman
  • Patricia Allison – Ola Nyman
  • Sami Outalball – Rahim
  • Anne-Marie Duff – Erin Wiley
  • George Robinson – Issac
  • Chinenye Ezeudu – Viv Odesanya

Joining the cast this season are newcomers Jason Isaacs, Jemima Kirke and Dua Saleh.

Isaacs will play Peter Groff, Mr. Groff’s more successful and arrogant brother. Kirke will play new headmistress Hope, who will be making some changes around Moordale. Saleh will play Cal, a nonbinary student who clashes with Hope.

What is the plot of season 3 of Sex Education?

Here’s the official log line for the third season of Sex Education:

It’s a new year, Otis is having casual sex, Eric and Adam are official, and Jean has a baby on the way. Meanwhile, new headteacher Hope (played by Jemima Kirke) tries to return Moordale to a pillar of excellence, Aimee discovers feminism, Jackson gets a crush and a lost voicemail still looms. Prepare for commitment animals, alien phenomena, vulva cupcakes and much more of Madam Groff.’

There’s a lot to unpack there. Let’s start with Otis – when season 2 left off Otis had broken up with Ola and left a voicemail to Maeve, confessing his love for her. However, this was deleted by Maeve’s friend, Issac.

Assuming Maeve never gets the message (and knowing how Otis jumps to conclusions), we think that a romance between the two leaders of the sex education group at Moordale will be put on old, at least for now. The plot line indicates that Otis is enjoying being single for now.

However, he’s still not found out about his mother’s pregnancy. This comes after Jean broke up with Jakob, so the situation is even more complicated. We wonder how Otis will take the news.

Eric and Adam’s relationship will be interesting to follow. Eric broke off his relationship with the ideal boyfriend Rahim, and now has to deal with Adam’s bag load of issues and internalised homophobia. The public confession is certainly a big step forward, but there’s no doubt that there will be more challenges ahead. 

Then, there’s the changes at the school as a whole. The promo photos show the Moordale students getting uniforms, and things in general seem to be getting a shake-up. Could this however mean a crackdown on the sex education business that Otis had afloat?

How to watch the next series of Sex Education

Sex Education is a Netflix original, so the only way to watch it is to sign up for account. You can do this on the Netflix website for as little as £5.99/$8.99 per month.

If you’ve not yet got a Netflix subscription, you can see how it compares to rivals in our list of the best TV streaming services.

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