Russell T Davies’ hotly-anticipated Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin begins tonight, kick-starting our new Friday night obsession.
The five-part series, starring Olly Alexander and Neil Patrick Harris, follows the lives of three young men who together endure the horror of the HIV/Aids epidemic of the 80s as well as the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.
Here’s everything you need to know about when It’s A Sin will air and who is in the cast.
When is It’s A Sin on Channel 4 and who is in the cast?
It’s A Sin will launch on Friday, January 22 at 9pm on Channel 4, with new episodes airing weekly.
The entire series will also be available to stream on All 4.
Olly Alexander as Ritchie Tozer
Years and Years singer Olly Alexander plays Richie Tozer, an 18-year-old who is the golden boy of a middle-class family from the Isle of Wight.
His family don’t know that he’s gay, but when Ritchie hits London, and freedom, his life explodes in all sorts of directions.
Although best known for his music career, Olly has starred in a number of film and television roles over the years, including the likes of Gulliver’s Travels (2010), Great Expectations (2012) and The Riot Club (2014).
Omari Douglas as Roscoe Babatunde
Roscoe Babatunde is a fiercely secretive teen from Peckham who runs away from home, determined to never look back.
He is portrayed by newcomer Omari Douglas, with It’s A Sin marking his television debut.
Callum Scott Howells as Colin Morris-Jones
Newcomer Callum Scott Howells plays Colin Morris-Jones, a quiet, unassuming, boy from Wales, about to become an apprentice on Savile Row.
He lives in digs in suburban Elstree and he’s about to start his new job in a tailor’s, though he yearns for more fun.
Like Douglas, the series is his television debut.
Lydia West as Jill Baxter
Lydia West portrays Jill Baxter, Ritchie’s friend from college, who is straight-talking, funny, and the rock on which they rely.
She’s the boys’ biggest confidant, even if that means keeping some terrible secrets.
Lydia previously starred in Davies’ dystopian sci-fi series Year And Years in 2019, where she played Stephen and Celeste’s older daughter Bethany Bisme-Lyons.
Nathaniel Curtis as Ash Mukherjee
Ash Mukherjee is a clever and thoughtful drama student at University, aiming to be a teacher… but it’s just before the school system introduces Section 28.
He is portrayed by newcomer Nathaniel Curtis, and like Douglas and Morris-Jones, It’s A Sin is his first television role.
Keeley Hawes as Valerie
Ritchie’s mum Valerie is played by actress Keeley Hawes.
Valerie tries to be kind, polite and happy, but life’s got a few surprises in store for her.
Hawes is no stranger to television, having starred in Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard and Line Of Duty and The Durrells.
She’s currently also starring in the ITV drama Finding Alice, where she plays a widower whose husband of 20 years falls down the stairs of the home he designed.
Shaun Dooley as Clive
Shaun Dooley takes on the role of Ritchie’s dad, Clive, a bullish, opinionated, king of his own little world, who’s even a bit jealous of his son
Over the years, Dooley has starred in a range of shows such as The Witcher, Broadchurch and Misfis.
He also narrates SAS: Who Dares Wins on Channel 4.
Neil Patrick Harris as Henry Coltrane
Hollywood star Neil Patrick Harris plays the elegant Henry Coltrane, who becomes Colin’s friend.
He’s senior floor staff at Culver & Hound and lives in Hackney with his boyfriend of 30 years, Juan Pablo.
‘I’m so pleased, and incredibly proud, to be a part of Russell T Davies’ new series,’ Harris enthused of his role.
‘This drama, It’s A Sin, is two things: it is an irresistible, funny, jubilant story of young people discovering their true identities and the unalloyed joy of living life to the fullest, it is also a deeply resonant exploration of a decade when so many of these lives were cut short by the devastating effects of the nascent Aids pandemic.’
He added: ‘Russell’s scripts chart the highs and lows of this time so beautifully and deftly, it’s an honour to help tell this story.’
Stephen Fry as MP Arthur Garrison
Stephen Fry takes on the part of MP Arthur Garrison, who is desperate to impress Margaret Thatcher while keeping his personal life well-hidden.
Fry’s movie roles include portraying Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde, Inspector Thompson in Gosford Park (2001) and Master Of Lake-town in The Hobbit films.
He has also lent his voice to a number of audiobooks, such as the Harry Potter series and Sherlock Holmes.
Tracey Ann Oberman as Carol Carter
Carol Carter is Ritchie’s agent and helps to launch his acting career.
She’s played by Tracey Ann Oberman, who has appeared in EastEnders as Chrissie Watts and Friday Night Dinner as Val.
It’s A Sin airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4 with the entire box set available to stream on All 4.
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