Best on the Box highlight for January 22.
You may have been mistaken for thinking we were back in the 1980s today as Channel 4 took its look back to the decade of colour blocks, Brookside and an older looking Carol Vorderman than the 2021 version.
It’s all been part of the run-up to tonight’s drama from Russell T Davies about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS.
It’s a Sin begins in September 1981, and Soft Cell is Number One. Eighteen-year-old Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander) is leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university.
In London, Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas) walks out of home after his parents make a shocking discovery. And Colin Morris-Jones (Callum Scott Howells) arrives from Wales, to start a new career on Savile Row.
The three boys meet, and life will never be the same again. As the year unfolds, the boys – along with fellow student Ash (Nathaniel Curtis) and their best friend Jill (Lydia West) – form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace.
And there, they start to become who they truly are. But a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the 80s might be all too precious.
The whole series will be available to stream or download for free on All 4 following the transmission of the first episode.
It’s A Sin, Channel 4, 9pm