It's a Sin spoilers follow.
It's a Sin star Callum Scott Howells has opened up about the tragic conclusion of the show's third episode.
Throughout the episode, Savile Row apprentice Colin is diagnosed with AIDS and his health steadily declines, concluding in heartbreaking scenes as he dies after a hospital visit from his close friends.
Colin's tragic death is a turning point in the series, as his friends realise that the innocence of their lives in London has changed forever — and they too also get HIV/AIDS tests.
Reflecting on his character's arc, Howells spoke to Digital Spy about the tremendous responsibility of telling the story of the first generation to succumb to HIV/AIDS.
"First of all, I was really scared of it, because the fits were something that was really big to take on," he said. "So many people are epileptic, and they suffer with daily fits. So we had to get that right. There was a whole process with that, and then with the dementia stuff, that really required a lot of research.
"It was intense. I was scared shitless! [laughs] I was bricking it. But when we were doing it, it was a privilege. I'm still so proud that Russell and all the creative team chose me, because – I don't know, who would have me David, otherwise?"
It's a Sin offered a bittersweet glimpse at what Colin's life may have been like if he'd have lived through the era, when he was given a set of keys to open up the printer shop himself.
"He loves those keys. He just loves them," the actor reflected.
Howells also shared more hopes for an alternate future for Colin: "I really hoped that he would fall in love, and find someone. I think there's something deeply romantic about him. He sees all these boys around him – especially Ash and Ritchie – and there's that really tiny mention of Colin fancying Ritchie. That's really interesting, isn't it? How does Colin feel?
"I hope he'd fall in love. But more than anything, I hope he becomes the boss of the printer place where he ends up working.
"Gilroy, who plays my boss in it, he's amazing. I somehow think Colin would work his way up, and start running his own shop. He might open his own shop or his own tailor's. I think he'd be successful in some ways. He's too lovely. Maybe that would be to his detriment as well. Who knows?"
The first series of It's a Sin is now available to stream in its entirety on All 4, or you can catch it weekly on Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.
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