Aired on Channel 4 in January 2021, It’s A Sin is a five-part series written and created by Russell T Davies. Set from 1981 to 1991, the series depicts the lives of a group of gay men and their friends – Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas), Colin (Callum Scott Howells), Jill (Lydia West), and Ash (Nathaniel Curtis) – who lived during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the UK.
This is some of the best TV I have seen in a long time. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with every performance.
The five leads are all phenomenal. I’ve always enjoyed Olly’s music and on-screen performances and he absolutely shines in this. I had such a good time with every single character but this also meant that I shared all of their pain. Some scenes left me in an absolute mess, and for that, I have to thank this cast for their relentless dedication to tell such an important story.
The writing is masterful, and Russell T Davies explores this period in our history with raw honesty, endearing comedy, joyful nostalgia and powerful emotion. It’s such a vital watch, reminding us of the harrowing reality of the many lives that were lost due to their innocence and the wider ignorance of those who did nothing to prevent this sooner.
I can’t wait to revisit this series soon and fall in love with these characters again. I already miss having them around!