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It's a Sin

Country: UK, Language: English

Original Title

The Boys
  • Director: Peter Hoar
  • Writer: Russell T Davies
  • Producer: Nicola Shindler

CGiii Comment

It has taken Mr Davies a considerable amount of time to address the horror that is HIV/AIDS...was it worth the wait? Yes. Oh yes.


This is the story of my younger life. This is the story of many a young man...of that time, at that time...wherever that place was, it was always the same. It was all so mystifying, terrifying...and, fierce! Oooh...we partied like there would never be a tomorrow...for some us, that was all too true. Philip...I still weep, 25 years on. Come back and see me, make me smile.


Tears are streaming down my face...I am inconsolable. The chords that have been struck not only resonate, they vibrate, they rip at my heartstrings without neither respite nor remorse.

LA!!! LA!!! LA!!!

I was the lucky one. I felt guilty. I still feel guilty.


Thank you Mr Davies...for bringing it all back. The reality, the denial, the fun and the fury.

Thank you to Ollie Alexander...for showing

Thank you to the entire cast...for reminding me...of everyone who should never be forgotten.

Thank you to all the boys...who came, played, came and went back home. And, to those who stayed.

Thank The Black Cap, thank you to Heaven, La Cage, The Laurel Tree! sanctuaries, my communities, my havens.

Thank you Lighthouse. Thank you Mildmay. Seriously, thank you both...can't speak now.

Stop. Pause. Gather. Resume. La - oh, that makes me smile.

Thank you to whoever or whatever...for being lucky.

Thank you...for sin.



The(ir) Blurb...

It will tell the story of three men across the 1980s in five episodes.

‘Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin are young lads, strangers at first, leaving home at 18 and heading off to London in 1981 with hope and ambition and joy… and walking straight into a plague that most of the world ignores,’ Channel 4 revealed.

‘Year by year, episode by episode, their lives change, as the mystery of a new virus starts as a rumor, then a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.
‘It’s the story of their friends, lovers and families too, especially Jill, the girl who loves them and helps them, and galvanises them in the battles to come. Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.’

Davies’ last work for Channel 4 was the three-pronged series Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. Cucumber, the ‘main’ show, followed a gay man becoming single again in his 40s. Banana featured a younger cast, while Tofu was an online only true story show.

Cast & Characters

Olly Alexander
David Atkins as  Miles Tinson
Tosin Cole as Paul Bennett
Karl Davies as Anthony Hartnell
Omari Douglas as Roscoe Babatunde
Stephen Fry
Neil Patrick Harris
Keeley Hawes
Joanne James as Audience S1
Jack Roth as  Mitchell Young
Bogdan Szumilas as Bruno The Brurte
Lacey Turner as Zoe Keyser