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HBO Max announced today the premiere date and dropped the trailer for Max Original series It’s a Sin, the critically-acclaimed drama from Russell T. Davies.

It's a Sin
It’s a Sin — Image courtesy of HBO Max

Created and written by Primetime Emmy® nominee and three-time BAFTA winner Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk, A Very English Scandal, Years and Years), It’s a Sin stars Olly Alexander (Penny Dreadful), Omari Douglas (Wise Children), and newcomer Callum Scott Howells in the lead roles.

Opening in 1981, It’s a Sin follows Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas), and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) — young lads, strangers at first, who leave home at 18 and head off to London with hope and ambition and joy… and walk straight into a virus that most of the world ignores.

Year by year, through the whole of the ’80s, their lives change as the mystery of that illness starts as a rumor, then grows into a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.

It’s a Sin is also the story of their friends, lovers, and families, especially Jill Baxter (Lydia West, Years and Years), the girl who loves them and helps them and galvanizes them in the battles to come. Together they endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection, and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.

Costars in the five-part limited series include Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), Tracy Ann Oberman (Code 404), Stephen Fry (Wilde), and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother).

Produced by RED Production Company and co-commissoner Channel 4, the series is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Nicola Shindler (Happy Valley, The Stranger).

It’s a Sin, a Max Original series, premieres in the US in its entirety on Thursday, February 18, exclusively on HBO Max.


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It’s a Sin: HBO Max Sets US Premiere Date for Critically-Acclaimed Drama
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