Sex Education season 4: Everything we know about the Netflix shows return

Sex Education season 4 is due to start filming any day, so we’re one step closer to the hit comedy drama returning to Netflix. For now, though, details on the show’s next installment are being kept under wraps, but luckily we’ve got still got plenty of updates to tide you over.

We’ve done our best to predict when the new episodes might arrive on Netflix, for starters, as well as when a trailer for the new season might drop. We’re also keeping you up to date with all the confirmed casting information so far, and we’ve given you a recap of season 3 and theorized about what could be on the cards for the students of Moordale Secondary in the series’ fourth outing. So, for all that and more, keep scrolling to discover everything we know so far about Sex Education season 4.

Sex Education season 4 release date speculation  

Gillian Anderson in Sex Education season 3

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Sex Education was renewed for season 4 in September 2021 and filming is set to begin sometime in summer 2022. Season 3 started filming in September 2020 and was released a year later, so it seems likely that season 4 will premiere next summer. Keep your eyes peeled for further updates in that department.

Sex Education season 4 trailer: When can we expect one? 

Asa Butterfield in Sex Education season 3

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Sex Education season 3 was released in September 2021 and Netflix released the first full-length trailer two weeks before it hit the streamer. If season 4 follows the same time frame, we’ve got quite a while to wait before we get our first taste of the next installment of the show.  

Sex Education season 4 cast 

Aimee Lou Wood and Emma Mackey in Sex Education season 3

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No casting information for Sex Education season 4 has been confirmed yet, but we know that Simone Ashley is definitely not returning as Olivia – Ashley joined the cast of Bridgerton for the show’s second season as leading lady Kate Sharma, and she has since confirmed that she’s swapped modern-day high school for Regency high society once and for all. 

Patricia Allison, who plays Ola, has also confirmed she “won’t be joining the team” for the new season, while Tanya Reynolds, who plays Ola’s love interest Lily, is also exiting the show. “I’m not [returning], actually, which is sad, very sad,” Reynolds told Radio Times (opens in new tab). “It’s just the natural progression of these shows – when you have such big ensemble casts and so many characters, I think you have to let a few older characters go to make way for newer ones, which is absolutely the right thing, the way it should happen.”

Ashley isn’t the only Sex Education cast member with a lot on her plate – Ncuti Gatwa, who plays Otis’ best friend Eric, was recently cast as the Doctor in Doctor Who, while Emma Mackey, who plays Maeve, has roles in upcoming movies including Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. While nothing has been said about whether or not Gatwa or Mackey are returning, it’s possible that they may have smaller roles in the next season to account for their busier schedules. 

As for who else we predict might be returning, we’re pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of the Milburns, AKA Otis, played by Asa Butterfield, and his sex therapist mother Jean, played by Gillian Anderson. There are also series regulars and Otis’ fellow students Connor Swindells (Adam), Aimee Lou Wood (Aimee), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), and Mimi Keene (Ruby).

Sex Education season 4 plot 

Connor Swindells in Sex Education season 3

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Warning: Sex Education season 3 spoilers ahead.

Sex Education season 3 concluded another chapter in Otis and Maeve’s will-they-won’t-they relationship – the season finale ends with the pair finally getting together before promptly parting ways, as Maeve heads off to the US for a study program over the summer. Season 4, then, will explore whether distance has made either of their hearts grow fonder.

Elsewhere in the season 3 finale, Eric and Adam break up, as Eric is struggling to be in a relationship with someone who isn’t comfortable with who they are. Plus, Jean gives birth and recovers from surgery after suffering a hemorrhage during labor. She also receives the results of the baby’s paternity test, so it’s likely that we’ll see the fall-out of that result in season 4. 

And, in a move that will probably be the biggest plot point of the new season, the students of Moordale Secondary find out that their school is being sold to developers and are told that they need to find alternative arrangements to finish their education. According to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), the new season “will feature a mix of old and new faces as Sex Education moves on from the shuttered Moordale High in favor of a new school” and we can expect a “creative reset”.

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