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‘It’s a Sin’ captures joy, heartbreak in ‘80s London

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“It’s A Sin,” the UK miniseries that debuted in America on HBO Max Feb. 18, began its long gestation in the mind of out screenwriter Russell T.

Davies back in 1995, even before he wrote his first high-profile gay TV drama, “Queer as Folk.”  Following a group of young gay men (and their straight female BFF) through the early days of the AIDS epidemic in London, the series draws heavily on Davies’ own memories of the ‘80s, and of friends he knew during the era, with an eye toward delivering an authentic presentation of gay experience while providing a wide-angle view of the disease’s impact as it took its toll across various sectors of British society.

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