It's a Sin spoilers follow.
It's a Sin viewers were left heartbroken tonight (February 5) as the Channel 4 drama aired its emotional third episode.
On tonight's episode, viewers saw Savile Row apprentice Colin suffer seizures, eventually being hospitalised.
While he was initially thought to have epilepsy, Colin was later diagnosed with AIDS and ended up being held in isolation in a hospital in Wales.
After Colin's mother and friends fought to see him, he was eventually allowed visitors and transferred to a hospital in London.
But Colin's health steadily declined throughout the episode as his mother and friends tried to grasp the reality that they were losing him at just 24 years old.
His mother also had to deal with the heartbreak of planning her son's funeral with the stigma surrounding AIDS, meaning that she was refused by some funeral homes.
Colin's diagnosis also marked a turning point for his friends in London, who were seen throughout the episode getting HIV/AIDS tests.
The episode culminated with a touching scene showing Colin's friends learning of his death, while later Richie was seen leaving the clinic before getting his test results.
On Twitter, there was an outpouring of emotion for Colin from viewers, who also praised the episode for its writing and the performances of the cast.
The last part of episode 3 is without doubt one of the most powerful and important parts of any TV dramas in recent years. #ItsASin
— Jason Reid (@JasonReidUK) February 5, 2021
Never have I cried so much as I did in tonight’s #itsasin totally and utterly heartbreaking 💔💔💔💔what an incredible cast I was little in the 80’s so never actually realised what they went through ..just speechless
— shazzalovesgarybarlow4eva 💙 (@sharront1979) February 5, 2021
— Maximilian😁 (@cyberserve2291) February 5, 2021
#itsasin Heartbreaking to watch absolutely brilliant acting and writing
— Wriggles10💙💙🌺🌼🌻 (@Wriggles10) February 5, 2021
It's A Sin is truly the best piece of art I've seen. I'm in tears and wish all boys like Colin had mums and friends like he did #ItsASin
— Georgie (@slummymummy21) February 5, 2021
Oh no Colin #itsasin my stomach is in knots after watching that, I can’t hold back the tears 😢 Absolutely heartbreaking.
— Kate 🦉🐝 (@__kate1504) February 5, 2021
Ahead of the episode airing, Callum Scott Howells, who plays Colin, 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 [T Davies] and all the creative team chose me, because – I don't know, who would have me David, otherwise?"
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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