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NTAs 2021: Olly Alexander celebrates It’s a Sin winning New Drama award

NTAs 2021: EXCLUSIVE: Olly Alexander celebrates It’s a Sin winning New Drama award as creator Russell T Davies reveals a TV executive referred to show as ‘that miserable AIDS drama’


Olly Alexander said making It’s a Sin was ‘one of the greatest experiences of his life’ after it won the New Drama Award at the National Television Awards.

Show creator Russell T Davies told MailOnline selling the show was not easy and one unnamed TV executive even referred to it as ‘that miserable AIDS drama’. 

Speaking after the drama won, show star Olly said: ‘It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It’s created a conversation that I’m amazed to be a part of. A global conversation.’

Proud: Olly Alexander said making It’s a Sin was ‘one of the greatest experiences of his life’ after it won the New Drama Award at the National Television Awards

It’s a Sin was turned down by both the BBC and ITV before it eventually found a home at Channel 4.

Asked why he kept persisting to have the show aired after being rejected, Russell said: ‘It’s my job to persist if something doesn’t get made you keep going. I believed in it.

‘One television executive referred to it as “that miserable AIDS drama”. He won’t be able to lick my trophy now!’    

He added: ‘It’s a drama about aids about a minority subject so it’s astonishing that it won on a mainstream show. A lot of it was based on my life jill (who’s here)

Show: Creator Russell T Davies told MailOnline selling the show was not easy and one unnamed TV executive even referred to it as 'that miserable AIDS drama'

Show: Creator Russell T Davies told MailOnline selling the show was not easy and one unnamed TV executive even referred to it as ‘that miserable AIDS drama’

‘It’s nice to say that behind us are so many charities and activists and fundraisers so we’re aware of the privilege of being their spokespeople.’ 

It’s a Sin was nominated alongside Bridgerton, Normal People and Des.  

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