Wonderland.

IT’S A SIN

Russell T. Davies delivers a poignant masterpiece that explores the effects of AIDS on the gay community in the 80s.

Channel 4 series It's A Sin Roscoe Babatunde

Channel 4

Channel 4 series It's A Sin Roscoe Babatunde
Channel 4

20 years on from his groundbreaking masterpiece Queer as Folk, Russell T. Davies returns with another riotous drama that is equal parts tearjerking and profound. This time, instead of delivering a boisterous series that celebrates gay urban life, Channel 4’s It’s a Sin, in short, explores the effects of AIDS on the gay community in the 80s – without losing any of Davies’ signature gusto. Transporting us to the 1980s where the Pet Shop Boys and Eurythmics blast through retro record players and Hi-Fi speakers, we’re introduced to three young gay men, Richie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells), who all move to London in search of themselves while enjoying every freedom the city has to offer. But with the threat of a new disease travelling across the Atlantic, shadows begin to form over their paradise and by the end of the first episode, their glorious new fantasy slowly starts to crack.

While fear, shame and grief, already bears down over the lives of the eccentric young people at the centre of the show as they deal with their sexuality in areas of work and family life, and with little information available about the AIDS virus, the group and the gay community are shunned from society with stigmatisation and false information abound. Similar to that of today, whereby the government’s mishandling of a fatal illness leads to ostracism and slander, Davies explores the starry-eyed ambitions of the group and grief experienced by the queer community in the 1980s.

Sets across a time span of 10 years, we’re thrown into the devastation as a result of the AIDS pandemic, and while the show does only deliver what probably is the tip of the iceberg, be prepared for an emotional and tearful ride…

Channel 4 series It's A Sin Olly Alexander embrace
Channel 4 series It's A Sin Roscoe Pink Palace
Channel 4 series It's A Sin full cast
Channel 4 series It's A Sin Olly Alexander embrace
Channel 4
Channel 4 series It's A Sin Roscoe Pink Palace
Channel 4 series It's A Sin full cast

WHAT: Starting in 1981, we’re introduced to a young cast ready to take adulthood face-on. Hailing from every corner of the UK, the three boys swap the constraints of their hometown for a life of fun and fantasy with fellow friend Jill (Lydia West) in their shabby house share dubbed the Pink Palace. But with news of a new illness, a divide between the community forms as the world comes to terms with its devastation.

WHERE: The show goes back and forth between London and their respective home towns in the Isle of Wright, the Welsh Valleys and the outskirts of London.

STAR OF THE SHOW: Drama student Jill is a focal point of the show and definitely grabs your attention immediately. While she might not be apart LGBTQ+ community, Jill firmly makes her stance known as an ally and is an important figure during the tumultuous times.

WHO TO WATCH WITH: Definitely sit down with friends and family to watch this, as discussions and commentary can really get the conversation on certain topics in the show going.

STAND OUT SCENE: Without revealing too much, Valerie Tozer’s (Keeley Hawes) performance in the last episode is outstanding and will leave you shell-shocked with the consequences.

WATCH IF: You like FX’s Pose and Queer as Folk.

DON’T WATCH IF: You are sensitive to abuse and derogatory terms.

WONDERLAND RATING: 4/5

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Dayna Southall
IT’S A SIN

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