Where to watch It’s A Sin in the US: HBO Max confirms release date for Russell T Davies’ groundbreaking AIDS drama
The five-part British miniseries follows three young gay men who move to London in the ‘80s, exploring how their lives are changed by the AIDS crisis emerging in the UK.
Already it has been hailed a seminal addition to the queer canon, with British viewers and critics lauding its delicate depiction of an important piece of LGBT+ history.
On Monday (25 January), former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies confirmed Americans would soon be able to watch the show.
— HBO Max (@hbomax) January 25, 2021
How many episodes are in It’s a Sin?
Currently, all five episodes of It’s A Sin are now available to stream on All4 in the US, and will soon be available in the US on HBO Max.
It’s a Sin: Cast and characters.
Alexander plays the central character Ritchie Tozer, a young, gay man from the Isle of Wight who pursues his dreams of being an actor with his friend Jill (Lydia West). Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas) is a publican who ran away from home when he learns his father intends to send him to Nigeria to be ‘cured’ of his sexuality.
Welshman Colin “Gladys” Morris-Jones, played by Callum Scott Howells, comes to London to find his fortune and follow his dreams of becoming a tailor. Savile Row salesman Henry Coltrane (Neil Patrick Harris) takes Colin under his wing and introduces him to the London gay scene.
What have the reviewers said?
It’s A Sin has dominated conversations since it premiered in the UK. The show garnered an outpouring of praise from viewers and celebrities.
Nigella Lawson called the series a “masterpiece” and “so beautiful and true”.
Poleaxed by #ItsASin. It’s a masterpiece. I’m lost for words. So many friends remembered. Thank you @russelldavies63. I need to watch it again straightaway. So beautiful and true. (I’ll stop now. When I said I was lost for words, I wasn’t kidding!)
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) January 24, 2021
Graham Norton said It’s A Sin was the “best five hours of television I’ve seen in years”. He said: “Your heart will be broken, warmed and lifted.”
Tonight It’s A Sin on @Channel4 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 @russelldavies63 pic.twitter.com/hEoFIstNsy
— graham norton (@grahnort) January 22, 2021
Fans have also been enamoured with the cast of the series, with many loving Neil Patrick Harris’ posh British accent.
#ItsASin finally started on @Channel4 after weeks of trailers, and the first episode was brilliantly funny. Highlight for me: @ActuallyNPH perfecting a posh British accent. Would've loved to see him in future episodes ^VP pic.twitter.com/ZKYkWxU2JN
— Geeky Brummie (@GeekyBrummie) January 23, 2021
Now it’s started I’m just saying that Neil Patrick Harris gives a career-defining performance in #ItsASin
(And I’m rewatching episode one despite only seeing it a week ago, it’s that good)
— Dr Emily Garside (@EmiGarside) January 22, 2021
Queer characters on TV are often written like Ritchie, confident & unashamedly themselves, which is so important to show. But for many of us, we find representation in the less often depicted Colin, quiet, reserved, battling against a world that doesn’t understand us #ItsASin ❤️ pic.twitter.com/htOoZKtkaf
— Kat (@bonnielongford) January 26, 2021
It’s A Sin is currently available to stream through All4 across the UK and will be on HBO Max from 18 February in the US.
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