It's A Sin wins NTA for Best New Drama as emotions run high for cast and fans

By Simon Duke

Emotions ran high amongst It's A Sin's cast and crew and fans at home as the Channel 4 drama took home one of the Best New Drama prize at the 2021 National Television Awards.

The Channel 4 drama by acclaimed TV writer Russel T.Davies, the man responsible for series' like Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose and Years & Years, is about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, society's reaction to it and the struggles of those at the heart of it.

Brave, powerful and highly educational, It's A Sin has received rave reviews since the first episode hit screens, with it becoming the number 1 trend on Twitter over its opening weekend as people binge watched the whole thing on All4 and felt compelled to share their reactions to what they'd seen.

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The It's A Sin cast includes Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander as central character Ritchie and Bodyguard and Finding Alice star Keeley Hawes as his mum, who makes little effort to recognise who her son truly is.

It's A Sin found itself on the NTAs shortlist alongside fellow hit series Bridgerton, Normal People and Des and saw off its competition, much to the surprise of Olly and Russell who put their hands to their faces in shock as Bear Grylls announced the result, before taking to the stage to accept the Best New Drama trophy.

Emotions run high as It's A Sin wins Best New Drama at NTAs (PA)

An emotional Russell said: "This is a story about a pandemic where many people lost their lives so tonight is to dedicate this to those we lost, those who lived, those who learnt and those we loved."

Several other cast and crew members look visibly moved as they stood behind him and viewers at home were too.

One tweeted: "Congratulations to the cast and crew of It’s A Sin - winner of Best New Drama at the #NTAs! Creator Russell T Davies to dedicated the award to: “Those we lost, Those who lived, Those who learned, And those we loved. What a moment."

Seconding that, another reacted: "It’s a Sin deserves all the bloody awards"


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