'Sex Education': Alistair Petrie's upcoming Netflix series is 'funny, filthy and moving'

Alistair Petrie plays Mr. Groff aka Mr. G, the headmaster of Moordale, the school where 'Sex Education' is set.


                            'Sex Education': Alistair Petrie's upcoming Netflix series is 'funny, filthy and moving'

In the slew of amazing shows that Netflix is cooking up for 2019, is the much-awaited British comedy-drama 'Sex Education', set for release on January 11. Starring Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield and Alistair Petrie, it promises to be a show worth our while. According to Petrie, the show is going to be "funny, filthy and moving", and will have characters "you will rapidly care hugely about and root for played by a cast of some of the best new talent on the planet." He further adds, "We’re lucky we nabbed them before they all get snapped up by Hollywood with Gillian Anderson and me standing, waving them goodbye at Heathrow like proud parents."

Petrie plays Mr. Groff aka Mr. G, the headmaster of Moordale, the school where the show is set. Like most headteachers, he believes he knows his school and his students inside out, and like most headteachers, he does not know half the things that are going on. "He sports a good line in slightly ill-fitting tweed and has a very complicated relationship with his son. So far, so not me. But then he has a chocolate obsession and dances like no-one is watching - that’s getting warmer," says Petrie when asked about how he relates to his character.

Alistair Petrie plays Mr. Groff aka Mr. G, the headmaster of Moordale, the school where 'Sex Education' is set. (Photographer: David Reiss)
Alistair Petrie plays Mr. Groff aka Mr. G, the headmaster of Moordale, the school where 'Sex Education' is set. (Photographer: David Reiss)

"Laurie Nunn, the creator, made me feel 17 again when I read it. It’s about young people trying to figure sh*t out. Themselves, each other, their sex lives, what they want, who they like, why they like them — basically who they are," says the talented actor, adding, "But most of us are still doing that, we just get better at pretending we know more about ourselves than we really do. I also have teenage sons so this is right in their wheel house. I can’t wait to sit and watch it with them — I honestly believe this show through huge amounts of laughter, some glorious raunch and a mighty dollop of empathy will talk very specifically to them and more generally to all of us."

The show does not do a disservice to itself or its theme by conforming to a "laugh out loud comedy" format, or does not take itself too seriously by taking the simply educational route. "The opening scene of episode one will tell you exactly where we sit. The show announces itself so brilliantly. Somehow the creators have managed to make it funny, raunchy, truthful, moving and loud. I wanted to stand up and applaud when I saw it," gushes Petrie, who does not want to put 'Sex Education' into a box. 

'I honestly believe this show through huge amounts of laughter, some glorious raunch and a mighty dollop of empathy will talk very specifically to them and more generally to all of us.' - Alistair Petrie (Photographer: David Reiss)
'I honestly believe this show through huge amounts of laughter, some glorious raunch and a mighty dollop of empathy will talk very specifically to them and more generally to all of us.' - Alistair Petrie (Photographer: David Reiss)

As for his young co-stars, Petrie cannot compliment them enough, claiming that it would be his huge privilege to watch their careers soar. "I’ve worked with some absolute stunners this year. The young cast of 'Sex Ed' are all superstars. Connor Swindells who plays my son is a remarkable talent. As are Aimee Lou Wood and Emma Mackey."

We are absolutely looking forward to watching this gem of a show which seems to have perfected the art of straddling the fine line of info-comedy. Don’t forget to browse for 'Sex Education' in the Netflix library come January 11.