Everything you need to know about the Bafta-nominated series It’s A Sin
It’s a Sin, written by Queer As Folk and Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T. Davies, received seven nominations at this year’s Bafta TV Awards.
The show won two Bafta TV Craft Awards last month, in a ceremony celebrating behind-the-scenes talent in the television industry.
The series’ seven television awards nominations include a Leading Actor nomination for singer Olly Alexander for his role as Ritchie Tozer, and multiple nominations in the Supporting Actor category.
Here’s everything you need to know about Channel 4’s hard-hitting drama series.
– Why is?
The series follows a group of gay men and their friends living in London as they navigate the HIV/AIDS crisis in Britain in the 80’s and early 90’s.
Led by the show’s protagonist, Ritchie Tozer, the group live together in a London flat nicknamed the Pink Palace, where they are determined to live free despite the growing threat of HIV.
– Who’s playing?
The show’s lead, Tozer, is played by Years And Years singer Alexander, while his parents Clive and Valerie are played by Shaun Dooley and Keeley Hawes.
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TV newcomer Omari Douglas plays Roscoe Babatunde, while Welsh actor Callum Scott Howells also made his screen debut on the series as Colin Morris-Jones.
Lydia West plays Jill Baxter, the friendship group’s matriarchal figure who takes care of a string of young men after they are diagnosed with HIV.
Nathaniel Curtis and David Carlyle play Ash Mukherjee and Gregory Finch – aka Gloria respectively.
After the show’s release, It’s A Sin creator Davies stated he made sure every gay character was cast with a gay actor.
In addition to a cast of breakout stars, the series also features a number of famous faces, including Stephen Fry as Arthur Garrison, Neil Patrick Harris as Henry Coltrane, and Tracy-Ann Oberman as Carol Carter.
– Which performers are nominated for a Bafta?
Alexander is in the running for the leading actor award.
His on-screen best friend, West, meanwhile, received a Lead Actress nomination, in which she will go up against industry heavyweights including Kate Winslet for Mare Of Easttown and Jodie Comer for Channel 4 drama Help. .
Scott Howells, Carlyle and Douglas were all nominated in the supporting actor category, resulting in It’s A Sin stars securing three of the six possible nominations.
The emotional scene in which viewers see Morris-Jones diagnosed with AIDS is nominated for a Must-See Moment award – the only Bafta award voted for by UK audiences.
The show also received a nomination in the miniseries category.
– Who is the creator of the show Russell T Davies?
The Welsh screenwriter and television presenter first gained recognition for his Channel 4 series Queer As Folk.
The show, which first aired in 1999, followed the daily lives of three gay friends living in Manchester.
Davies later became known for his work on the revival of the BBC series Doctor Who in 2005. He was executive writer and executive producer on the popular science fiction series until his retirement in 2009.
In September last year, the BBC announced Davies would return as program showrunner for the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023 and subsequent series.
– Was the show a success?
It’s A Sin was a ratings success for Channel 4, with the show’s first episode being seen by 1.6 million live viewers, according to the channel.
Subsequent catch-up views reached 2.5 million views within three days of the live broadcast.
In March 2021, less than two months after the show first aired, Channel 4 announced that the series had amassed 18.9 million views on the channel’s catch-up site All 4, making it the most-read box set to date of the streaming service.
The show also had a wider societal impact and helped raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
HIV charity The Terrence Higgins Trust reported that more than 8,000 HIV tests were ordered in a single day after the show aired. Previously, the charity said its record was 2,709.
The charity also announced that more than 17,000 orders for HIV tests were placed during National HIV Testing Week — more than double the number during National HIV Testing Week last year.
The Bafta TV Awards will be broadcast live on BBC One from London’s Royal Festival Hall on 8 May at 6pm.
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