The new trailer for Russell T. Davies upcoming AIDS drama It’s A Sin has dropped, and the tears are already on their way.
It’s A Sin is a five-part series from Davies, the man behind Queer as Folk and the revival of Doctor Who. It will premiere on Channel 4 in the U.K. and HBO Max in the U.S. next year.
The show stars Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander as Ritchie Tozer, a gay teen who moves to London in the early 80’s as the AIDS crisis is just starting. The show is set to chart the lives of Tozer and his friends as they navigate life, love, and loss during the 1980s. The friend group is rounded out by Lydia West, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, and Nathaniel Curtis, who play Jill, Roscoe, Colin, and Ash respectively.
In the trailer we see a bunch of young queer people talking about their hopes and dreams for the newly started decade. It’s an ominous and hard-hitting scene as we know what will befall many of them.
As the trailer continues, we see the friends dancing, finding love, protesting, dealing with homophobia, and wondering about their future.
“Do you seriously think there’s an illness that only affects gay men?” Ritchie asks, referencing how many, initially, doubted reports about the virus. “I don’t believe it.”
Davies has previously said that he’s been working on this show for years. “I lived through those times, and it’s taken me decades to build up to this,” he said. “And as time marches on, there’s a danger the story will be forgotten. So it’s an honour to write this for the ones we lost, and the ones who survived.”
Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Fry, Shaun Dooley, Tracy Ann Oberman, and Keeley Hawes also have roles.
It will premiere early next year on Channel 4 and HBO Max.