It’s a Sin

So far, February has delivered freezing Russian snow and an icy blast from the past on Channel Four. Storm Darcy brought two-foot snowdrifts, abandoned cars and our resident pheasant pecking about for frozen morsels. But it was Russell T Davies’ AIDS-era drama, ‘It’s a Sin’, that really chilled us to the bone. Brilliant as it is, the series made for tough (though compulsive) viewing especially for those, like me, who survived the worst of times, ducking the Grim Reaper’s scythe by the skin of the teeth. By episode three I was ripping open the wine box to squeeze the last drop from the plastic bag.

Many have binge-watched the series on-demand. That wasn’t for us. There’s not enough wine in the box for that. So we took it as it came, broadcast-wise. Last night’s brutal and uncompromising finale was the bitter pill that had us fighting over the Kleenex. The irony of screening the series during another health crisis was not lost on us. I hear it’s gone down a storm with the current cohort of young gay boys putting it about town, leading to a record uptake in HIV testing. Good job, Russell.

 

5 thoughts on “It’s a Sin

  1. It was a tough time. I wonder how the movies will play out 2020. Hugs from afar to you and Liam. Try Ted Lasso if you can get it on Netflix.

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  2. I remember those times… So difficult, harrowing even for many. I don’t know if that is on any of our streaming channels yet. If it’s BBC, we don’t get any of those. There’s plenty of material (perhaps too much) on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV Plus for us here!

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