Absolutely superb show.
Was really looking forward to the debut episode of It’s A Sin and it certainly did not disappoint.
But then, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the brilliant Russell T. Davies who wrote the daring and utterly groundbreaking Queer As Folk back in 1999. All the main characters are so well developed in just the first episode alone. Keely Hawes is also excellent as Richie’s mum, as I’d expect from an actress of her calibre. Neil Patrick Harris is also very good.
For viewers perhaps not old enough to recall the AIDS crisis at first hand, Its A Sin provides a really good insight into those times. Post-Stonewall and the first wave of gay liberation in the West, but the party is about to come crashing down with the tragedy of HIV/AIDS and the massive homophobic backlash.
I was only a young child back then but clearly remember the panic, ignorance and hysteria in and around the mid-1980s with AIDS - and a LGBT community that was marginalized and stigmatised horribly. You have to remember that so many of those gay men who died horrible deaths from AIDS had been disowned by their families and often had no-one to care for them (apart from hospital staff) in their final weeks and days. It was the gay community who fought back against the tide of ignorance and homophobia and pioneered the safe sex message at that time.
Really looking forward to episode 2 on Friday.