It's a Sin

It's a Sin

A vibrant, moving miniseries about a loving community broken down by the AIDS crisis in the UK

7.7

TV Show

United Kingdom
English, Portuguese
Comedy, Drama
2021
PETER HOAR
Lydia West, Olly Alexander
48 min

What it's about

A chronicle of five friends during a decade in which everything changed, including the rise of AIDS.

The take

Emotional and increasingly hard to watch over its five episodes, It's a Sin nevertheless reminds us about an aspect of the AIDS crisis that often gets buried underneath accounts of suffering and injustice. We're shown a truly supportive, joyful community that wasn't simply engaging in shallow pleasures, but helping each other become their best selves. This optimism at the beginning gives the miniseries an even more tragic quality, as these characters struggle to recover from the initial shock and confusion of the spread of this disease. It's a smartly paced and economical show that that still manages to show off the talents of a brilliant cast—in particular, Olly Alexander, Callum Scott Howells, and a star-making turn from Lydia West going toe-to-toe with the exceptional Keeley Hawes in a scene-stealing guest role.

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