It’s a Sin: Russell T Davies almost didn’t write key part of Colin’s storyline

This article contains major spoilers

Ellie Harrison
Tuesday 09 February 2021 10:19
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It’s a Sin creator Russell T Davies has revealed that he was “worried” about writing a particular storyline involving Colin.

In the third episode of the hit drama – which follows a group of young gay men during the Eighties Aids crisis – Colin (played by Callum Scott Howells) is diagnosed with the disease.

At first, it's not clear to viewers how Colin contracted the virus as his character had not been shown sleeping with anyone in the show. It is later revealed that Colin caught the illness from his landlady's son.

Speaking on an episode of It’s A Sin – After Hours, Davies said: “I think there’s something very true in there – there’s a lot of closeted men who will have a sex life and not tell anyone about it. What I worried about was making that ‘whodunnit’ in a show that’s been very sober. I literally sat here at this desk thinking, ‘You can’t do that, you can’t do that, you can’t do that.’

“I did do it. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and do these things. I like it now with the end result. I think it closes Colin’s story off beautifully. But out of all the things that happen in this show, that is the one I worried about the most.”

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Last week, It’s a Sin broke several viewership records for All 4, which had its highest number of monthly views ever in January 2021, nearly doubling the figure from one year previously.

The five-part series has already accumulated 6.5 million views on All 4, becoming the service’s biggest ever instant box set.

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