Tuesday, February 9, 2021

‘It’s a Sin’: Sex, Adventure and Loss in 1980s London

By Charles Kaiser
With “It’s a Sin,” Russell T. Davies “wanted to create characters that you love so that when they’re gone, you miss them exactly the same way we missed the people that we lost,” he said.Credit...Francesca Jones for The New York Times
In 1999, “Queer as Folk” burst into prime time on British television. Overnight, its creator, Russell T. Davies, became his country’s most famous gay writer. The first episode featured a 29-year-old man having sex with a beautiful 15-year-old boy, an image that produced just what Davies wanted: nearly universal outrage. The British “Queer as Folk” left only one thing out. It started in the ninth year of the AIDS epidemic, but it never mentioned AIDS because Davies didn’t want gay lives to “be defined by disease,” he said. “It was the right thing to do.” Twenty-two years later, at the age of 57, Davies has finally tackled the epidemic he assiduously avoided. The result is “It’s a Sin,” a highly-autobiographical five-part series arriving Feb. 18 on HBO Max. [More