‘It’s a Sin’ trailer: Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry and more star in 1980s AIDS crisis drama

Channel 4 has released the first trailer for It’s a Sin.

The upcoming five-part mini-series is created by A Very English Scandal writer Russell T Davies.

It’s a Sin will follow “the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and the story of three young men, Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin, across the decade.”

The cast is led by Olly Alexander (Ripper Street), Lydia West (Years and Years), and newcomers Nathaniel Curtis, Omari Douglas, and Callum Scott Howells.

They’re joined by familiar faces such as Keeley Hawes (The Durrells), Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack), Stephen Fry (Wilde), Tracy Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner), and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother).

Watch the trailer:


It’s a Sin will premiere on Channel 4 in the UK on Friday 22nd January, with all five episodes available to watch on demand on All 4.

US viewers will be able to watch the series on HBO Max in early 2021.

The official synopsis reads: “Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin are young lads, strangers at first, leaving home at 18 and heading off to London in 1981 with hope and ambition and joy… and walking straight into a plague that most of the world ignores. Year by year, episode by episode, their lives change, as the mystery of a new virus starts as a rumour, then a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.

“It’s the story of their friends, lovers and families too, especially Jill, the girl who loves them and helps them, and galvanises them in the battles to come. Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.

“There are terrible losses and wonderful friendships. And complex families, pushed to the limit and beyond. This is a series that remembers the boys we lost, and celebrates those lives that burned so brightly.”

Executive producer Nicola Shindler has described It’s a Sin as “a powerful but heart-warming story that highlights both the emotional fragility and strength of human nature, delivered through engaging and complex characters.”

Writer Russell T Davies (The Grand, Doctor Who) previously commented: “I lived through those times, and it’s taken me decades to build up to this. And as time marches on, there’s a danger the story will be forgotten. So it’s an honour to write this for the ones we lost, and the ones who survived.”

A second season of A Very English Scandal, focusing on a new real-life scandalous 1960s tale, is currently in development.

A Very English Scandal is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.