Where is 'Sex Education' filmed? Netflix viewers are confused by the show's setting
15 January 2019, 09:11 | Updated: 15 January 2019, 09:16
'Sex Education' fans can't work out if the new Netflix series is British or American...
It's hard to believe that Sex Education only came out on Netflix last Friday. In just over three days, the new teen sex comedy has won over millions of fans around the world and it's easy to see why. First things first it's all kinds of hilarious (that penis scene), second the cast are incredible (give Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa and Emma Mackey all of the awards) and last but not least it's moving af (EPISODE 5).
The hit series follows Otis (Asa), who has a sex therapist mother and can't masturbate. Otis is a pretty quiet teenager but his life changes when Maeve (Emma), who is in his Biology class, encourages him to set up a sex clinic at their school as a way to make money. It's incredible, however, there is one aspect of Sex Education that everyone is confused by and that's it's location.
Where is 'Sex Education' filmed?
Sex Education is actually filmed in Penarth, South Wales, in the UK, and yet, in spite of this, the Netflix series has a distinctly American vibe. Fans of the show were quick to note that a) the students dress nothing like British students would (in the UK almost all schools require uniform) and b) only a private school would have the kind of facilities that Mooredale High has.
Plus, for a show set in Wales, only Maeve's neighbour has a Welsh accent.
Here are just a few of the complaints.
So in #sexeducation Netflix has basically given us an American programme with British accents. Serried rows of lockers? School banners in the hall? No uniform? About as real as a nine pound note. 😒— Pinky Liverdrawer (@Liverdrawer) January 11, 2019
watchin sex education on Netflix y the fuck is it an English school w completely American culture lol we dont drive to school or wear own clothes or have jocks or have onsite theatrese we don't have cheerleaders or glee clubs or bands or lockers who the fuck directed this shit— 👑 (@rockpaperniall) January 11, 2019
My only real frustration with Sex Education is why it is a school set in Wales but has no Welsh students in it, and why the school looks and feel distinctively American, when in fact it is set in WALES.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) January 11, 2019
#SexEducation is good but it seems like it's made by an American, rlly unrealistic portrayal of English schools— carrot blanket☕️ (@CateBlanchett17) January 11, 2019
Speaking to Thrillist about the inspiration behind the show's setting, its creator Laurie Nunn said: "We all absolutely love the teen genre, particularly the John Hughes films of the 1980s so we really wanted to make the show have the feeling that it's an homage or that it has this nostalgic backdrop, but that we are talking about very contemporary, modern themes and storylines for the characters".
Discussing it further, Nunn said: "So in a way we were also trying to take this tried and tested tropes of the genre and sort of flip them on their head and show a different perspective on it. I think those two things together and then with the Britishness just make it feel like it's its own thing."
In other words, even though Sex Education is modern and British, it takes inspiration from old American rom-coms, hence it having such a unique vibe that some people love and others aren't sure about. If you embrace the madness though, it's pretty magical.
is it the 80s? is it modern day? is it an American school? british accents? who bloody knows but it was still a masterpiece #sexeducation— izz (@izzywilby) January 12, 2019