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Russell T. Davies’ miniseries “It’s a Sin” has been a critically acclaimed hit across the pond, but it’s finally premiering in its U.S. home on Thursday, February 18. The newest HBO Max original is a coming-of-age story about a group of friends living in 1980s London at the height of the AIDS crisis — and the horrors they will experience (along with the highs of young adulthood) as the virus takes its toll over the course of a decade.
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All five episodes of “It’s a Sin” will premiere on February 18. The series, which is set in 1981, follows young friends Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas), and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) as they leave their homes and head for the excitement of London — and walk straight into a health crisis that most of the world ignores. The episodes will span a decade as their lives change — as do those of their friends and families and the lovers who cross their paths. It is, according to HBO Max, “a series that remembers the boys we lost, and celebrates those lives that burned so brightly.”
Davies, who created the seminal series “Queer as Folk” — watch the original British series on Amazon Prime, or stream the American remake on Showtime — and is responsible for the revival of sci-fi staple “Doctor Who,” which is currently streaming on HBO Max, told the Guardian that writing the series allowed him to draw on his own memories of coming of age during the AIDS crisis.
“There has been this great release of memories and joy. It‘s been bottled up because the deaths were so horrible. It‘s a cruel illness, opportunistic and vile. Sometimes the deaths were so awful that a silence settled over us,” he wrote in a column.
HBO Max is also home to other groundbreaking LGBTQ series like Spanish import “Veneno,” another coming-of-age story. This one follows the parallel stories of trans icon and TV star Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez, a.k.a. “La Veneno,” and budding journalist Valeria Vegas, a young trans woman who learns more about her own identity as she tells the story of her idol.