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Netflix on Tuesday said it has greenlighted the British coming-of-age dramedy Sex Education as an original series.
The drama, created and written by Laurie Nunn, is set to begin production in the U.K. in spring 2018, and will be produced by indie producer Eleven, with executive producer credits shared by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson.
Ben Taylor (Catastrophe) will direct and executive produce.
Sex Education follows 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.
“We are delighted to bring Laurie Nunn’s brilliant creation to life with such a gifted team. Netflix is an exceptional partner and we are thrilled to go on this journey together,” said Eleven’s Campbell in a statement. Cindy Holland, vp original content at Netflix, added in her own statement that Sex Education offered “a distinctive, fresh and witty examination of the universally awkward teenage experience.”
Eleven’s U.K. TV credits include The Enfield Haunting for Sky, Glue for E4 and The Secret Life of the Pub for Channel 4. The docudrama series True Horror is currently in postproduction for Channel 4 and will be broadcast in 2019.
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