Sex Education, tells the story of a group of students at the fictional 'Moordale High'. It follows teenagers Otis, Eric and Maeve as they navigate the tricky path to adulthood. The on- off relationship between Otis and Maeve and the intimate (often hilarious) storylines of the characters has captivated audiences across the World .
Since the release of the first season of Sex Education, which was shot in Wales, the show has grown in popularity with the production team returning to Wales for a further three seasons.
Filming of the fourth [and final] season has now come to an end and incredibly, Sex Education has now been watched by over 55 million households Worldwide and is ranked 12th most popular Netflix series in the world.
Lets look back at the story so far.
Creative Wales has been a part of the Sex Education story since the beginning with our expert Wales Screen service on hand to help the production team find the most original locations.
Although Moordale High has a certain American feel, much of the filming across all seasons took place in South Wales, with the Wye Valley, Cwmcarn Forest and the Wye river providing the perfect backdrop.
One of the biggest changes to season 4 in terms of locations is the move from Moordale High [school hall scenes were formerly The Paget Rooms in Penarth] to swanky new Cavendish College, filmed at St Fagans Museum in Cardiff. The Duke of Beaufort Iron Bridge in Monmouth is also a different location to the first three seasons. Discover more about the exact locations across all the seasons of Sex Education here.
The decision by Eleven Film to base much of the filming for all four seasons in Wales has certainly helped transform Wales' reputation as a serious competitor in the screen industry. In the last ten years, productions have been flocking to Wales because of our stunning, varied landscapes and talented film crews.
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Through our production fund we were able to invest in series one, three and four of this groundbreaking comedy-drama, ensuring the continued return of the series to Wales as it grew in popularity becoming one of Netflix most successful original shows.
We support both inward investment and indigenous productions via bespoke funding packages of support. Find out more about our Funding Schemes here
Our investment in Sex Education also enabled us to open up conversations with the production team about creating opportunities for local trainees who want to get into the industry. Read on to find out more about these trainees.
Across the four seasons of Sex Education, 36 trainees were offered placements allowing local people to gain valuable experience in all sorts of departments from costume to set design.
On the first season Sex Education took on three graduate trainees who were placed in production, art and accounts departments as well as ten undergraduates that were given short term placements.
Season three offered placements for seven graduate trainees in roles including sound, make up and assistant director. Eight undergraduates were also given work experience placements on set.
The final season took on eight paid trainees and they were given placements in a variety of departments from costume to camera and location.
Many of these trainees have gone on to secure roles on other productions without having to leave Wales.
We're incredibly proud that Sex Education was filmed here in Wales and that we've been able to support the production along the way. Now it is all coming to an end, we are sad to say goodbye to the characters that we've followed over the years but we're now reflecting on the positive impact the series had on the industry and we're ready to attract the next big production to Wales. We are officially Open for Business!
All seasons of Sex Education are streaming on Netflix from 21 September, 2023.
Deon Du Preez, Location Manager of Sex Education
Sex Education has had a tremendous impact on people’s perception of Wales. Being linked to such a successful series, Wales has truly been appreciated for its magnificent landscapes and unique heritage.