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.”

Neil Patrick Harris joins cast of Doctor Who as the Doctor’s “greatest enemy”

The name and nature of Harris’ character has not yet been revealed, but on Instagram, Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has called him “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.”

In the first-look photo, provided by the BBC, Harris is seen to be wearing an old fashioned apron with a pair of pliers among the tools in its front pockets.

Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney joins cast of Doctor Who

Yasmin Finney joins the Doctor Who (credit: BBC)

Currently wowing audiences across the globe with her performance as Elle Argent in Netflix's hit series Heartstopper, Finney will join Doctor Who as Rose. Billie Piper’s character Rose Tyler quickly became a fan favourite when she starred alongside 9th and 10th Doctors Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant when Doctor Who was rebooted back in 2005.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return to Doctor Who

David Tennant and Catherine Tate (credit: BBC)

David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return to their well-loved roles for the first time since the Doctor and Donna parted ways in ‘Journey’s End’ in 2008, when the Doctor had to wipe Donna’s memory in order to save her life. With the Doctor leaving Donna’s family with the stark warning that if she were ever to remember him, she would die, the question arises as to what brings the pair back together?

Ncuti Gatwa announced as the new Doctor Who

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Ncuti Gatwa is best known for playing the hilarious Eric Effiong in Sex Education and won the Comedy Performance – Male award at the 2020 RTS Programme Awards. 

Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the 14th doctor and will be the first black actor to play the role. 

Russell T Davies will return to act as showrunner for the next series, which will no longer be produced in house by the BBC, but by Bad Wolf Productions. 

Helena Bonham Carter to star in Russell T Davies’ new Noele Gordon drama

The series will explore the powerful reign and fall from grace of Gordon, the soap star and Queen of the Midlands.

Gordon became one of the most famous people in Britain playing the flame-haired widow Meg Richardson in the long-running soap opera, Crossroads.

But in 1981, at her and the show’s peak of success, she was fired without warning nor any explanation, despite appearing on it for 18 years.

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.