New Series Exploring the AIDS Crisis in 1980s London Aims to Tell The Truth

It's A Sin

A new five-part drama is coming exclusively to Stan that will explore life in London during the 1980s. 

It’s A Sin will premiere on January 23, with all five episodes dropping at once for your bingeing pleasure. 

The series, from award-winning writer Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk, Doctor Who) features an impressive cast including Olly Alexander (Skins, God Help the Girl, Penny Dreadful), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events, How I Met Your Mother) and Stephen Fry (Wilde, Gosford Park, Bones).

It’s A Sin unpacks the lives of Ritchie (Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) as they embark on a new life in London at the beginning of the decade. 

Strangers at first, the young men, and their best friend Jill (Lydia West), 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. 

Interestingly, the aspects of the plot are fitting for the current global pandemic with main character Ritchie being an AIDs-denier. Ritchie shares conspiracy theories about the deadly virus not dissimilar to the ones which have circulated about COVID-19

“The whole thing is a pack of lies,” the character says. “Do you want to know the truth? You want to know what it really is? AIDS? It’s a racket, it’s a money-making scheme for drug companies.”

As the decade passes, and they grow up with the undeniable reality of AIDS, the friends are determined to live and love more fiercely than ever.

Keeley Hawes (Honour, Bodyguard, The Durrells, Line of Duty), Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack, Broadchurch, Woman in Black), and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner, Toast of London, After Life) also star in the series which marks the television acting debut from Howells and additional new talent, Nathaniel Curtis and Callum Scott Howells.

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