Clearly, we're all completely obsessed with Russell T Davies' new drama It's a Sin. Since its release over the weekend the five-part mini series has received huge praise, and completely taken Twitter by storm.
If you haven't seen it yet (or just can't get enough) the series synopsis reads; "It's 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill, find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever."
Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander heads up the cast as Ritchie, alongside Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West. The supporting line-up also features some pretty big names including Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes and Stephen Fry.
In a matter of days the show has completely captivated viewers, not just for the writing and acting performances, but also for its empowering, educational and honest portrayal of LGBTQ+ history and the Aids crisis in the UK.
One of the most important themes in 'It's A Sin' was about gay/bi people and shame - caused by growing up in a society that saw gay/bi people as would-be sexual predators, violators of biological reality, threats to children, immoral, deviants, and generally undesirable.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) January 25, 2021
Just finished #ItsASin in tears. Please don’t leave your education of HIV at episode five. We’ve come so far and those from the 80s paved the way for us today.
I’m HIV+, I take two pills a day & I can’t pass it on, but there’s still so much more work to be done around stigma.
— George (@gxorgewestwood) January 25, 2021
People also hoped it might encourage further education and change.
It’s A Sin is stunning but how is there still so little queer TV that one man is essentially the only reason there’s been any major queer dramas in the past 20 years.
— Ben McGowan (@BenMcGowan_) January 22, 2021
after watching it's a sin i am so much more shocked at the current state of queer sex education. our community went through fear, tragedy, and loss, and 40 years on sex education in schools still so often doesn't represent us - and demonizes those with STDs
— ellie 🌹⚡ (she/her) (@ellieredpath) January 25, 2021
Lots of us got literal headaches from all the crying.
I have been sat blubbering away for over half an hour!
It’s A Sin, has both stolen and broken my heart ❤️
What a beautiful and important show! 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/yzJp255U3a
— Hana Jennings (@hana_xjj) January 25, 2021
before & after watching it's a sin pic.twitter.com/vCOhQMyfFi
— couple of concepts (@Cutepiss) January 24, 2021
Overall, we just loved it.
— Kay Parker (@KeepsKeys) January 22, 2021
What joy. What heartbreak. RTD is such a master craftsman. #ItsASin
— Lals Cotton (@lalscotton) January 22, 2021
Tonight It’s A Sin on @Channel4 The best five hours of television I’ve seen in years. Your heart will be broken, warmed and lifted. Cast amazing. Soundtrack epic but most of all it’s about the genius and compassion of @russelldavies63 pic.twitter.com/hEoFIstNsy
— graham norton (@grahnort) January 22, 2021
All episodes of It's a Sin are available to watch now on All 4.
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