It’s A Sin is multi-BAFTA Award-winning writer Russell T Davies’ brand new 5-part drama which follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and charts the joy and heartbreak of a group of friends across a decade in which everything changed.
18 yrs old, the golden boy of a middle-class family from the Isle of Wight, heading off to University to study law. His family don’t know that he’s gay, but when Ritchie hits London, and freedom, his life explodes in all sorts of directions.
18 yrs old, from Surrey, with a big smile and an endlessly patient nature, she is destined to be the great friend and confidant of these boys. Even if that means keeping some terrible secrets….
18 yrs old. Born in Peckham, from a Nigerian family. Independent and fiercely secretive, Roscoe runs away from home, determined to never look back.
18 yrs old. Welsh, owlish, quiet, shy and modest. He lives in digs in suburban Elstree and he’s about to start his new job in a tailor’s on Savile Row, though he yearns for more fun.
19 yrs old. Tall, slim, clever, thoughtful. Ash is a drama student at University, aiming to be a teacher… but it’s just before the school system introduces Section 28.
Roscoe’s mate, 31, wild and fun, the life and soul of the party. Gregory grew up in Glasgow and works as a bus conductor.
48, thin, elegant, a true gentleman. He’s senior floor staff at Culver & Hound and becomes Colin’s friend. Henry lives in Hackney with his boyfriend of 30 years, Juan Pablo.
Ritchie’s mum, 43. She tries to be kind, polite and happy, but life’s got a few surprises in store for Valerie.
Ritchie’s dad, 45. Bullish, opinionated, king of his own little world. He’s even a bit jealous of his son
60, MP for Richfield South. One of Thatcher’s men, keeping secrets from all around him.
September 1981. The lives of Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin converge, three friends finding a flat together in London. But a distant threat means life in the 80s might be all too precious.
December 1983. Ritchie and Jill struggle to become professional actors, and Colin takes a trip to New York. But when Gloria asks Jill for a strange favour, she’s trapped in a world of lies as the shadow of AIDS gets closer.
1986, and life seems fine. The Pink Palace mates are working, falling in love, and finding their way through the world. But then terror strikes in the most unexpected way, and the friends have to fight like never before.
March 1988. Ritchie embarks on a lonely journey home. But when the protests about the AIDS crisis begin, Jill’s placed in danger, and Roscoe’s set to collide with Margaret Thatcher.
1991. The flatmates rally round as they enter the darkest days of their life. But when Valerie goes on the warpath, it’s up to Jill to help Ritchie before it’s too late.