Exclusive: It’s a Sin star Callum Scott Howells says series 1 ending "ruined" him

David Opie, Justin Harp
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Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4
Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4

From Digital Spy

It’s a Sin series finale spoilers follow.

Callum Scott Howells has opened up to Digital Spy about the deeply poignant conclusion to It’s a Sin.

Channel 4 aired the fifth and final episode on Friday night (February 19), showing the ravages of the HIV-AIDS crises on the LGBTQ+ community by the early '90s.

After so many losses throughout the show, Olly Alexander's Ritchie Toze would also succumb to the disease without saying goodbye to Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Jill (Lydia West).

Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4
Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4

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The climax of It’s a Sin flashed back to Ritchie and his friends living it up in their youth, leaving viewers with a lasting image of what life was like before an entire generation was decimated.

In his exclusive interview with Digital Spy, Colin actor Callum Scott Howells described binge-watching the show as a "really intense" experience.

"That's how we watched it. I swear, by episode five, I couldn't breathe. Genuinely, I was hyperventilating," he recalled.

"It was just those scenes with Olly and Keeley [Hawes, who played Ritchie's mum]. They're breathtaking. I hope they live with people for a really long time, those scenes, because they ruined me. They actually ruined me. And with Lydia and Keeley? Just amazing. They're amazing."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Howells also looked back on the devastating way in which the series concluded, with a glimpse of the carefree friends without any idea of the painful years ahead.

"I went downstairs and I hugged my mother," he explained. "You just want to hug someone. It's so intense, right?"

Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4
Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4

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.

Organisations including amFAR, Terrence Higgins Trust and the National Aids Trust (NAT) can provide further information on research, testing and treatment for both HIV and AIDS.

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