The new 5-part drama series ‘It’s A Sin’ debuted last night on Channel 4 in the UK and the reaction from the LGBTQ community is overwhelmingly positive.
The series – from Queer As Folk creator Russell T. Davies – chronicles the journey of four friends in London during a decade in which everything changed, including the rise of AIDS.
In episode one, Ritchie (Olly Alexander) moves to London to study law, during which time he embarks on sexual relationships with several individuals, including Ash (Nathaniel Curtis) and Roscoe (Omari Douglas).
But while there is plenty of fun, levity and hilarity in the story, this is juxtaposed with moments of tragedy, as Neil Patrick Harris’ character Henry, a mentor to Colin (Callum Scott Howells), is depicted dying of AIDs in hospital.
Russell, who also created Queer of Folk and was responsible for the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, has been lauded for his ‘astonishing writing’, with one person saying that in their opinion, he is ‘one of our finest TV writers.’
‘It’s A Sin’ debuts in the US February 18 on HBO Max.
Check out the first look clip below.
The reaction on the Twitterverse was off the charts
If you haven’t watched #ItsASin yet, please do! Knowing about LGBTQ+ history is so important and this show taught me a lot of things I didnt realise about how hard it was in the 80s. We’re so lucky, but there is still work to be done. The older generation seriously paved the way.
— Tia Kofi (@TiaKofi) January 23, 2021
#ItsASin is so FULL of heart, I can’t help but smile. @russelldavies63 you really are a wonderful human being. The script is beautiful, the performances are sublime and its so close to home I can’t stop thinking about it. ❤️
— David Ames (@semadivad) January 22, 2021
Not yet ‘out’ to my family, in the ’80s, I left homophobic suburbia to do a drama degree. Within weeks, I was visiting men dying of AIDS, alone in hospital. #ItsASin wasn’t just an emotional watch, it’s like viewing my life on TV. I know what happens next. Coz I lived that too. pic.twitter.com/GaAecFn3LD
— Stewart Who? (@DJstewartwho) January 23, 2021
TV should educate, empower, shock and open our eyes to the world around us and that’s what It’s a Sin has just beautifully and effortlessly done. It wasn’t sugarcoated or romanticised, it was raw, pure and truthful.
— Jack Newman 🌻 (@Janksy_) January 23, 2021
To any young people who may have watched #ItsASin last night. It’s going to be ok. In fact, it’s going to be hard, but you will come to terms with who you are. You’re amazing and special. And some AMAZING people laid the groundwork, angels lost their lives. Always remember them.
— TheVivienne (@THEVIVIENNEUK) January 23, 2021
I have no ability to delay gratification so watched all five episodes of #ItsASin last night and it has completely wrecked me. Maybe I won’t be able to articulate exactly why, either. I just know that my heart is a lot sadder than it was yesterday pic.twitter.com/2huHKrUD7k
— Candice Carty-Williams (@CandiceC_W) January 23, 2021
Just finished #ItsASin
No spoilers, but what you’ll witness with Ep 5 is one of the most amazing pieces of TV drama ever.@russelldavies63 is a genius. The voice of people who the world hates for being born different, and who reveals the true price we pay for that toxicity pic.twitter.com/rR2ISRtF84
— Guy Lambert (@GRALWrites) January 23, 2021