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Viewers Left In Tears After Watching 'Heartbreaking’ And 'Extraordinary' Channel 4 Series It's A Sin

Viewers Left In Tears After Watching 'Heartbreaking’ And 'Extraordinary' Channel 4 Series It's A Sin

The new year has heralded a new lockdown, resulting in many of us turning to the television to keep us entertained in the evenings.

Thankfully, the start of 2021 has seen the release of a number of unmissable dramas, with It's a Sin the latest bingeable offering from Channel 4.

Written by Queer as Folk and Years and Years veteran Russell T Davies, It's a Sin follows five 18-year-olds who move to London in 1981. Dubbing their home 'the Pink Palace' and hosting regular parties, their lives are turned upside down by the AIDS crisis, with the drama exploring the impact the virus had on the LGBTQ+ community in that time.

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Olly Alexander leads the cast as Ritchie Tozer, while Keeley Hawes stars as mum Valerie, Neil Patrick Harris plays Henry Coltrane and Stephen Fry is Arthur Garrison.

Having first aired on Channel 4 last week and the entirety of the five-part series being made available on All4, viewers have been so compelled by the drama they binged It's a Sin all in one sitting - and have been blown away by the series.

The series followed a group of 18-year-olds who have moved to London (Credit: Channel 4)
The series followed a group of 18-year-olds who have moved to London (Credit: Channel 4)

Hailing It's a Sin as a "masterpiece", many people having taken to Twitter to heap praise on the show.

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"TV should educate, empower, shock and open our eyes to the world around us and that's what It's a Sin has just beautifully and effortlessly done," one fan wrote. "It wasn't sugarcoated or romanticised, it was raw, pure and truthful. Everyone NEEDS to watch this."

"Went to bed crying last night after finishing It's A Sin, and have cried 3 times today, it's tipped me over an emotional precipice," another wrote about the show's moving subject matter.

"It's A Sin is extraordinary TV. One of the best dramas I've ever seen," added a third.

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"Watched 'It's a Sin' last night. I howled like a banshee. Lived through it as a student yet it's only in hindsight that you realise how dreadful, cruel and unfair it all was. It's an excellent watch," said a fourth.

A fifth said: "It's a Sin is simply a total masterpiece."

"It's every bit as devastating and incredible as you've heard and then it's even more than that. It's a Sin is so heartbreaking, so unfair and important," said a sixth.

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The series has since acquired famous fans. Chat show legend Graham Norton wrote: "The best five hours of television I've seen in years. Your heart will be broken, warmed and lifted. Cast amazing. Soundtrack epic but most of all it's about the genius and compassion of Russell T Davies."

Commentator Caitlyn Moran added: "Three days later, and I'm still chewing over It's A Sin - a different bit every time. Can't say anything specific because of spoilers, but man alive, it stays with you. Russell does the lifeiness of life, and the deathiness of death, better than anyone.

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Even the actors who were part of the series felt a gut-punch of emotions while working on the show.

Speaking at a roundtable for It's A Sin ahead of its release, a tearful Keeley Hawes told press: "I've been doing interviews and I can't talk about the cast and how gorgeous and generous they were to me.

"I can't talk about the characters. You carry them with you, they don't leave you. And that is down to the cast and down to their performances and down to Russell's writing."

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV News, TV & Film, LGBT, Channel 4

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Kimberley Bond

Kim is a journalist at Tyla, and has previously worked at the Evening Standard, Radio Times as well as several national newspapers. A showbiz obsessive and a television fanatic, Kim is particularly interested in celebrity gossip, A-list events and the latest releases on either the big or small screen. Contact her at [email protected]