STAR­RING: Gil­lian An­der­son, Asa But­ter­field

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As you might imag­ine with a show called Sex Ed­u­ca­tion, there is a lot of in­ter­course go­ing on. Just not for Otis Thomp­son (But­ter­field), who can’t even, well, take care of him­self. Mat­ters aren’t helped by the fact that his mother, Jean (An­der­son), is a sex ther­a­pist with a stream of frus­trated clients and sat­is­fied lovers com­ing through the house, and a very mod­ern ap­proach to par­ent­ing.

But the ap­ple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, and when the school’s res­i­dent bad girl, Maeve (a fan­tas­ti­cally dead­pan Emma Mackey), re­alises Otis has a knack for help­ing their fel­low stu­dents with their sex­ual is­sues, she sees a com­mer­cial op­por­tu­nity. With shades of Skins, this British high-school com­edy takes a sim­i­larly brazen ap­proach to teenage sex­u­al­ity with­out ever com­ing across as smutty. If it can keep it up – sorry! – this has real legs. (On Net­flix from Fri., Jan. 11)

But­ter­field’s big break came when he played the lead in The Boy in the Striped Py­ja­mas, aged 10.

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