Watch: 'Queer as Folk' Creator Offers Sneak Peek of New Series Set During the AIDS Epidemic

Saturday October 10, 2020

A still from the upcoming series 'It's A Sin."
A still from the upcoming series 'It's A Sin."  (Source:Channel 4)

UK's Channel Four released a first-look trailer and a still from Russell T. Davies' new series "It's A Sin," Variety reports.

The series presents a fictionalized account of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. It is described by Channel 4 this way:

"It's 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) begin a new life in London."

Watch the trailer in Davies' Instagram post:

"Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill (Lydia West from 'Years and Years'), 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. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they're determined to live and love more fiercely than ever."

In describing the series on Instagram, Davies writes: "The decade unfolds, as they explore their hopes and dreams... but with a terrible new virus on the rise."

Also in the cast is Nathaniel Curtis, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, and Shaun Dooley.

"I lived through those times, and it's taken me decades to build up to this," says Davies. "And as time marches on, there's a danger the story will be forgotten. So it's an honor to write this for the ones we lost, and the ones who survived."

He also adds in a second Instagram: "For those who asked, yes, we changed the title from 'Boys', because of 'The Boys' on Amazon. Also, google 'boys' and it can lead you to some terrible places."

Davies' breakout show was the 1999-2000 British series "Queer as Folk," which was adapted by Showtime in the United States in 2000 and ran six seasons. Davies most most recent series is the acclaimed "Years and Years," seen in the United States on HBO. It offered a dystopian look at British life in the near future as the country is taken over by a right-wing demagogue.

"It's A Sin" airs in 2021 on Channel 4 and HBO Max.

Check out this still in another post:

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