HBO Max has released the trailer for the new British drama miniseries It’s A Sin.
The five-episode series, from Queer as Folk creator/writer Russell T. Davies, is set in the 1980s and follows a group of teenagers coming from different backgrounds who move to London in pursuit of freedom at 18 years old. The AIDS crisis begins and they soon begin to feel its effects touching every aspect of their lives. According to the official synopsis, “Year by year, episode by episode, crossing the whole decade, their lives change as the mystery of that illness starts as a rumor, then a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.” “It’s the story of their friends, lovers and families too, especially Jill (Lydia West), the girl who loves them and helps them, and galvanizes them in the battles to come. Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade. There are terrible losses and wonderful friendships. And complex families, pushed to the limit and beyond. This is a series that remembers the boys we lost, and celebrates those lives that burned so brightly,” the synopsis also reads.
The cast includes Olly Alexander as Ritchie, Omari Douglas as Roscoe, Callum Scott Howells as Colin, Ritchie’s friends (all members of the LGBTQ community), Lydia West as their female best friend, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Fry, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, and Keeley Hawes.
The trailer gives viewers a glimpse at their lives before and after the epidemic hits and features the single “It’a a Sin” by The Pet Shop Boys.
The series, which recently debuted on Channel 4 in the U.K., launches on HBO Max on February 18.