It’s a Sin

It’s a Sin Review

by H. Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Anyone who wants to learn about and understand the AIDS epidemic, or even the struggles of the LGBT+ community through history in general, should watch this show’

Director: Russell T. Davies 

Cast: Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Omari Douglas, Lydia West & Callum Scott Howells 

Synopsis: Taking place in the setting of 1980s London, five friends meet at university and navigate the difficulties of sexuality and coming out as gay, and its consequences – battling through remaining closeted, homophobic family members and relationships, all while struggling to come to terms with the AIDS epidemic and the potentially fatal consequences it may have for them, both in terms of society and life itself. 

Review:  This show could not be anymore perfect in its retelling of the period of this period of the 1980s, memories of which have been damaged with the enormous impact of AIDS, particularly for those in the LBGT+ community. In no way, shape or form does the story try to sugar-coat or romanticise living through the ‘80s as a gay person – it shows the devastating effects of the disease in a bleak, but much needed, way, which is pulled off beautifully by the raw performances of the actors, who themselves each portray a wonderful character with a unique background and story to tell, only united by one thing: their identities. The effortless representation in the backgrounds of gay people of colour, and those from different classes, is nothing short of amazing and gives anyone who watches the show a character to relate to, which is, perhaps, what makes it so emotional to watch in the end. The portrayal of homophobia in particular, both outright and more implicit, will be something that any person in the LGBT+ community will relate to, and, despite the whole story being told in five short episodes, it feels as though you live through the story with each and every character. Anyone who wants to learn about and understand the AIDS epidemic, or even the struggles of the LGBT+ community through history in general, should watch this show, as well as those who lived through it themselves, just to see the portrayal of that sad time beautifully reconstructed for today’s audiences. 

It’s a Sin is currently streaming on All4 and was rated 15 by the BBFC.

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