Sex Education

Asa Butterfield and the Netflix effect

Asa Butterfield

“I don’t think any of us realised the scope that Netflix brings - being on the platform and being available around the world immediately for anyone to watch on their phone or their TV,” he told the RTS.   

“It’s insane. I’d worked in film where there’s a build up to the release date, but to have it all there at the touch of your fingers was quite surreal.   

New series to look out for in 2021

The Serpent

BBC One

Release Date: New Year’s Day


Jenna Coleman as Marie-Andrée Leclerc and Tahir Rahim as Charles Sobhraj (credit: BBC)

The seventies-set international crime thriller The Serpent follows the true story of global efforts to capture Interpol’s most wanted man, the murderer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet).

Netflix reveals three new cast members for Sex Education series three

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The comedy series follows the sex-obsessed teens of Moordale High School, who seek advice from the unofficial lunchtime sex therapy clinic run by students Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey).

The second series saw Otis’ best friend Eric get caught in a love triangle between the new French student Rahim (Sami Outalbali) and the headmaster’s bully son Adam Groff (Connor Swindells).

Sky and HBO commission new comic horror series The Baby

Co-created by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer (Production Manager for Gangs of London), The Baby is a darkly funny delve into the depths of motherhood.

When a baby is thrust upon unsuspecting 38-year-old Natasha, she is forced to give up her comfortable life of freedom and indulgence to be at their beck and call.

Far from your average case of parental compromise, the baby possesses such manipulative and violent powers that Natasha’s life spirals out of control.

Meet rising star Lily Newmark

Lily Newmark (Credit: Netflix)

Lily Newmark is increasingly hard to miss on screen, dividing her time between TV – Sex Education, Temple and Les Misérables – and UK film – Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked, the critically acclaimed Pin Cushion and Misbehaviour, set during the 1970 Miss World competition. She even had a blink-and-you-miss-it role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

TV's greatest on-screen friendships

Lorelai and Rory – Gilmore Girls

Known for their quick-witted back and forth filled with pop culture references, Lorelai and Rory are the ultimate mother and daughter duo. More like sisters, Lorelai is a single parent to Rory and they live in the tight-knit community of Stars Hollow filled with plenty of quirky characters.

Netflix's Sex Education is not only for the young

Gillian Anderson (Credit: Netflix)

Few series by the streamers have made as much noise as Netflix’s Sex Education, which brings the genre of the US high-school teen drama to the UK – and adds plenty of gauche sex.

The global giant released the second season of the comedy-drama in January. A few days earlier, the first episode was premiered at a joint RTS Cymru Wales/Bafta Cymru event in Cardiff.

Sex Education creators discuss the new series at a screening for RTS Cymru Wales

During what will prove to be 2020’s most astonishing opening sequence – even this early in the year – Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) tries and fails to control his newly discovered sexual urges in a scene that ends in excruciating embarrassment in front of his therapist mother (Gillian Anderson).