Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 3 of Sex Education.
Sex Education is now finally back on Netflix with a sparkling new third season after more than a year of fans waiting.
The show had to film through a very tricky period battling with the onslaught of the Covid pandemic, but they’ve managed to pull off a whopper of a season.
There’s also going to be some huge twists and turns, with Jean Milburn (played by Gillian Anderson) expecting a baby, and romance blossoming for several unexpected duos.
Before the latest batch of episodes came to air, some of the cast caught up with Metro.co.uk and other press to chat about what viewers will see on screen, dropping some major gossip.
Eric’s Nigeria scenes nearly didn’t happen
This season sees Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) whisked off to Nigeria for an Effiong family wedding, in which he has some incredibly eye-opening experiences.
But the incredible scenes nearly weren’t able to happen due to the pandemic, of course.
Ncuti said: ‘We had no idea how we were going to pull any of the Nigeria stuff, had no idea of that storyline could even go ahead because obviously there was a pandemic where are we going to film it?
‘It was very stressful, so, the fact that we were able to do it and we were all there together…’
The star also added the huge significance of the scenes to him, adding: ‘It was like a room full of black queer people just like celebrating the storyline felt very special and very empowering. So yeah, I really enjoyed it.’
Aimee’s sexual assault storyline was based on writer Laurie Nunn’s own experiences
Season three will see Aimee Gibb’s (Aimee Lou Wood) storyline develop further as she continues to struggle with the aftermath of the assault she suffered on the bus.
Aimee seeks out therapy with Jean herself to try and move on from the incident.
But there is a special reason why it was so important to the star to get the storyline right, owing to the show’s writer, Laurie Nunn.
She explained: ‘I knew that it was quite a big responsibility, because I knew that it was going to mean a lot to a lot of people.
‘It was Laurie’s personal story, so I felt, you know, I was very honoured that she trusted me to tell it and I think that very much wanted to do it justice.’
George Robertson did not do his own drawings as Isaac Goodwin in the show
Isaac Goodwin (George Robertson) is still trying to charm love interest Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) in whatever which way he can as she remains oblivious about his deceit at the end of season two.
Viewers will see Isaac portrayed as a very talented artist, whipping up some fantastic drawings during the series.
However, actor George admitted he wasn’t actually the person behind the pieces, although we’re sure he’s just being modest about his own skills.
He said: ‘I mean, we all had lockdown projects, didn’t we? So, that was mine, my art was sort of just a way to keep saying, let’s say, let’s also took a leaf out of Isaac’s, book with that.
‘I realise that I’m not a very good artist but if you do something quite crap, consistently, then it looks like you’re doing it on purpose, so that’s what I’ve tried to do.’
He went on to add: ‘I don’t do any of the drawings on Sex Education, because Isaac is a talented artist, and I’m not!’
There isn’t actually any music playing in the club scenes
There are some fantastic clubbing scenes coming up in season three, which sees Eric have the time of his life after a family wedding in Nigeria.
‘That scene, when we’re in the club was really special… the music was just amazing,’ Ncuti said.
However, he went on to admit the challenges of such an exciting scene.
The star revealed: ‘In those club scenes, they’re tricky because you can only play the music for 10 seconds and then you have to dance in silence… in absolute silence!’
Some cast members channeled interesting methods to help with sex scenes
You may think filming intimate scenes is an awkward business, which of course it inevitably is.
But Chinenye Ezeudu (who plays Viv Odusanya) gave an insight into some ways in which the cast could make things a bit more entertaining for themselves during the process.
She said: ‘Yeah, working with the intimacy coordinater, it was great. It just, it felt like a dance routine.
‘So we all knew the steps we were going to do, sort of whether we were going to touch people’s hands, or kiss them, we knew at each point what we were doing, and it was very safe and we had conversations beforehand.’
She went on to add: ‘Some people when they’re doing sex scenes, they have a character, they have like an animal in mind! So, some people have sloths, or slugs…’
One very memorable scene took 20 takes to get right (and you’ll know when you’ve watched it)
Speaking of her favourite scene, Ruby Matthews actress Mimi Keene referenced a scene which comes in one of the latter episodes of the series, in which Moordale are sent off on a trip to the Battlefields of France.
She told us of a memorable scene on the trip, which sent the cast into a spin: ‘We’re all gathered round on a school trip. There’s a certain scene, which is just the funniest scene… so so funny.
‘When you laugh so much, and people are like, “come on guys, we really need to get the scene and stop laughing!”‘
Chinenye said: ‘How long did it take us to get that scene… 20 takes or something?’
Mimi went on to explain how they were having to film against the clock, to make sure it was wrapped before it got dark.
She added: ‘Ben Taylor, the director was like, “I know he’s funny. We need to get this thing before it’s too dark!” So that was a good one. That was definitely one of my faves.’
Sex Education season 3 can be streamed on Netflix now.