Russell T Davies

Omari Douglas on It’s A Sin, working with Russell T Davies and discovering Britain’s historic queer trailblazers

Omari Douglas (credit: Phil Sharp)

At drama school, Douglas and his friends would make a big event of watching Cucumber, Russell T Davies’ exploration of 21st cenutry gay life. Now, the theatre actor has landed his first ever TV role as one of the lead characters in Davies’ explosive new drama, It’s A Sin, and he couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s Russell T Davies, he has such an iconic body of work,” he effuses. “And, of course, we're representing a very important community at a very important time. So, it's a huge, huge honour to have been a part of it.”

Russell T Davies to return as Doctor Who showrunner

Davies will return in time for the 60th Anniversary of the sci-fi series in 2023, and continue writing for series beyond.

From his relaunch of the show in 2005 to his departure in 2009, Davies is widely credited with turning the British drama into a global icon.

Davies said: “I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show. But we’re time-travelling too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm - I’m still a viewer for now.”

Ear Candy: Still Queer as Folk

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Twenty years on, Russell T Davies’s storytelling is just as impactful as it was when it first aired on Channel 4.  

Originally a podcast for the US version of the show, which spanned five series and 83 episodes in the early 2000s on Showtime, Still Queer as Folk’s American hosts, Patrick Randall and Matt Dominguez, return to the original UK series to give an unfiltered analysis of each episode.  

Russell T Davies on the sober art of sharing joy

For a show that took six years and multiple knock-backs before it hit our screens, It’s a Sin is a formidable reminder of the power of TV drama.

The series follows a group of gay friends during the Aids crisis of the 1980s, and earlier this year became All 4’s biggest ever show when it was watched by 18.9 million viewers.

Viewers were drawn in by Russell T Davies’s compelling story and his finely crafted characters, whom we couldn’t help but feel invested in.

It's a Sin Masterclass

An It's a Sin masterclass with writer Russell T Davies OBE, executive producer Nicola Shindler and Channel 4 commissioner Lee Mason.

The masterminds behind the iconic series discuss the making of It's a Sin and share tips on how you can take your life experiences and put them on screen.

Chaired by comedian and presenter, Kemah Bob.

It's A Sin Masterclass

Do you want to write TV drama inspired by your own life and have it become a massive hit? Well, this is an exclusive opportunity to learn how!

Join multi-award-winning Russell T Davies OBE, Nicola Shindler and Lee Mason – the masterminds behind one of the most successful dramas of the year – as they lift the lid on how the iconic It’s A Sin came to be, and how you too can tell your truth and bring it to the screen for millions to see.

Channel 4 releases first teaser for It’s a Sin

Russell T Davies with the cast of It's a Sin (credit: Channel 4)

Written by Russell T Davies (A Very English Scandal), the series follows a group of queer men in 1980s London set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis.

Olly Alexander plays 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer, a youngster beginning a new life in London. There he meets the unassuming Colin (Callum Scott Howells) and party boy Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and the trio form a close friendship.

Russell T Davies warns of ‘great threat’ to TV

The writer was talking at an RTS North West online Q&A in late April. He recalled the 2008 recession, when friends at ITV told him, “‘We don’t know if we can show this episode of The Bill tonight,’ [because] they were so short of advertisers and money.

“This recession is going to be even bigger and it’s going to affect the commercial channels hugely… and [the streamers] will start cutting back as well.

“We’ve got a Government that is morally and profoundly opposed to the BBC. Please don’t think they’ll change their minds about the BBC in this crisis.”