Having now seen Episode 1 of It's A Sin (Thanks Darren) I have a eight things to say...
***No Plot Spoilers***
1. Being the first major British drama about the HIV epidemic the weight is certainly upon it's shoulders.
2. Russell T Davis has done it again. It's “Queer as Folk” meets “This Life” meets “The Inheritance.” Yes, that good.
3. Being of a certain age, I can confirm the tone of the show is 100% spot on. The writing, acting, casting, music, costumes, hair, whole production - are all spot on. I have to confess I cried as I watched - tears of laughter, tears of recognition, and tears of fear.
4. The show has a breathless energy, a forward drive, it's relatable, a dense drama of a fast-paced life. Lived fast as time was running out...
5. The show is not exactly a raging cry from the soul but a comedy-drama-tragedy about gay men. And what they faced. What we faced. In the 1980s. When AIDS hit.
6. It has a stellar cast: Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Nathaniel Curtis and Lydia West.. They were all friends on set - and it shows. Olly Alexander is a revelation.
7. In Ep1 a scene played to "Hooked on Classics" which has to be one of the best moments on TV in 2021.
8. Watch it. Channel Four Friday 22nd January. It's fab.