Sex Education‘An interesting concoction.’

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As if being a teenager isn’t awkward enough, Otis Milburn’s parents have only one thing on the brain. Sex. Well, it is their job…

In the new Netflix series, Sex Education, Asa Butterfield plays Otis, the perennially-mortified son to Gillian Anderson’s Jean Milburn, a sex therapist. Mary McGill gave Arena listeners a first look at Netflix’s latest gambit. One thing that stands out to her is how fluid the feel of the show is. Though set in England, it feels like an homage to past American classics.

“This is splicing cultural products that we’re all familiar with from the early 80s right up until the present day. If you are a fan of the American high school genre, you will find a lot to enjoy in Sex Education.

It makes for quite the mix.

“We get the feeling of John Hughes at work, we get…classics like Mean Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You…it’s an interesting concoction.”

The show’s cultural mish-mash is something Mary chalks down to the post-modern climate we live in today in terms of pop culture.

“Everything is ‘in’ now. If you want to go to the high street and dress yourself like you’re from the 60s or the 80s or the 90s, you can do that now.”

Much of the show’s draw lies with Gillian Anderson, who Mary credits with bringing life and humour to the proceedings by playing an embarrassing foil to her son.

“A tale as old as time, right? But Gillian Anderson, I must say, is having such fun with this role. She is really, really great in this.”

Listen back to the whole discussion on Arena here.

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