Gillian Anderson will star as a Sex Therapist in a new series called “Sex Education.” The coming of age series will air on Netflix in 2019. The official longline of the series goes like this: “Meet Otis Thompson – a socially awkward high school virgin who lives with his mother, a Sex Therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes he may need some therapy.”
According to film trade magazine Variety “The show was created by Laurie Nunn, an emerging writer-director, and will be directed by Ben Taylor (“Catastrophe”). Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, co-founders of British Indie production company Eleven, will executive produce. “It pretends to be a show about sex but it’s actually a romantic and funny show about love,” according to Campbell.
“It’s an antidote to shows that present the teenage experience of sex as super humanly confident and experimental. Our characters have an endless supply of sexual problems that need to be solved. Otis has the expertise to provide the answers, but has problems of his own, starting with the fact that he’s never had sex himself.”
“It’s unflinching in its treatment of sex, but it’s not gratuitous. We want to move on the conversation about attitudes towards sex and identity.” We need more shows like this!
Asa Butterfield, whose credits include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ender’s Game, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will star as the teenage boy. It was announced this week that Gillian Anderson, of The X-Files will star as the Sex Therapist. The series will start production this spring and will be on the air in early 2019. The X-Files will cease production with Anderson as its star. Anderson turns 50 this year and looks as sexy as ever.
Cindy Holland, Vice President of original content at Netflix said “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Eleven to bring ‘Sex Education’ – a distinctive, fresh and witty examination of the universally awkward teenage experience – to our members around the world.”
And what the world needs now is more sex education.