It’s A Sin was one of, if not the, most essential shows in living memory when it launched in 2021, and now there’s murmers it could be back for a season 2.
Creator and writer Russell T. Davies previously ruled out the Channel 4 Aids/HIV drama ever returning but apparently he now has an idea.
Executive producer Nicola Shindler confirmed Davies is considering tackling a different subject but including the characters Jill (Lydia West) and Roscoe (Omari Douglas).
‘There was a time when there were a lot of stories in the press about young boys being manipulated online to masturbate,’ said Shindler at a Bafta Television Session.
‘They were being filmed and then they were being blackmailed, essentially.
‘It was young teenage boys and it was something that Russell [T Davies] was really concerned about.
‘It sounds like it’s not related at all, except that he thought: ‘What if you cut to the present day, and what if Jill and Roscoe are going out there, trying to stop the people who are doing this?’
It’s A Sin was initially supposed to run for eight episodes, but was slashed down to eight when, remarkably, it was turned down by several channels before being picked up by Channel 4.
‘It’s about looking after the boys, really, because originally it was called The Boys,’ explained Shindler.
He just wanted to pick it up in the present day and say, “Look, there are still so many people out there who need some kind of protection”
‘He just wanted to pick up on that idea that one problem might have gone away, but there are still so many vulnerable people out there who need looking after, or who need some kind of attention shining on them.
‘He never wrote any of it – it was a small idea, I don’t know if he’ll be cross that I’ve told people what the idea is,’ she added.
‘He just wanted to pick it up in the present day and say, “Look, there are still so many people out there who need some kind of protection.” That was the point of it.’
It’s A Sin brought much needed attention to the LGBTQ+ community, following the Aids pandemic, and the stigmatisation of LGBTQ+ people.
It subsequently encouraged thousands of people to get tested for HIV and more than a year on its impact is still being felt today.
It’s A Sin is available to stream on All 4 and Netflix.