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Shows to watch after It’s A Sin

Shows to watch after It’s A Sin


These other offerings from writer Russell T Davies tick all the right boxes

By Virgin TV Edit

Whether you’re watching it weekly on Channel 4 or bingeing the Box Set on All 4, Russell T Davies’ It’s A Sin is already being touted as the best drama of 2021.


Charting how the vibrant hedonism of 1980s London was decimated by the AIDS crisis, this five-part series has got the Welsh writer’s fingerprints all over it. Culturally resonant, touching, hilarious and sad, it’s a vital watch.


Want to find out even more about It’s A SinThen read our interview with Davies and star Olly Alexander.


If It’s A Sin has got you craving even more top-quality drama from the mind of Davies, here are five other shows to watch right now…


Queer As Folk

Find series 1 & 2 in Apps & Games > All 4

While It’s A Sin aims its focus on the horror that eventually befell the gay community in the 1980s, this groundbreaking series – first shown in 1999 – is all about the high-living of the following decade. Following three friends (Aiden Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam) partying it up around Manchester, Queer As Folk celebrated gay culture in a way that hadn’t been seen on British telly up to that point. Over 20 years since it first hit screens, it hasn’t lost any of its vigour.


A Very English Scandal

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Davies turned his pen to one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s with this stellar 2018 miniseries based on John Preston’s book of the same name. Hugh Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe, the married Liberal MP who is accused of plotting to murder his secret lover, Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw), after their relationship sours. Directed by Stephen Frears and featuring superb performances from its two leads, Davies’ telling of this fascinating story rightly earned plenty of critical acclaim.



The latest sea shanty had the boys captivated

Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Along with companion series Banana and TofuCucumber saw Davies return to writing about gay experience following his successful spell behind the scenes on his beloved Doctor Who. In this eight-part drama, middle-aged insurance salesman Henry (Vincent Franklin) finds his life turned upside down one fateful night after his comfortable long-term relationship with Lance (Cyril Nri) goes belly-up.



Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Featuring characters from Cucumber, plus some brand new faces, this anthology series catalogues the lives of Manchester’s LGBT youth. From love and heartbreak to sex and friendship, it’s a typically funny, heartwarming and tender collection of tales from Davies. It’s also notable for being the first British TV series to cast a transgender actress (Bethany Black) in a transgender role.



Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

This web-only documentary series takes an extremely frank look at sex, with interviews from the cast of Cucumber and Banana, alongside the public. Whether it’s discussing the rise of dating apps, one-night stands, or sexual taboos, it’s probably one you won’t want to watch with your parents ­– unless your parents are the least easily embarrassed people on Earth.

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