GROWING up on the Isle of Wight but moving to London in the 1980s — is the story of the main character in a new Channel 4 TV show.

It's a Sin first aired at 9pm on Friday, January 22.

It is from Russell T. Davies, the writer behind Queer as Folk, the revived Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal and 2019’s Years and Years.

The hugely anticipated new series, It’s a Sin, deals with the impact of Aids, and features an impressive cast, including Keeley Hawes, Shaun Dooley, Stephen Fry and Tracy Ann Oberman.

And the frontman of the band Years and Years has the leading role — Olly Alexander.

Olly said: “I feel like the luckiest boy in the world to be a part of this project, I’ve been a fan of Russell T. Davies ever since I watched Queer as Folk in secret at 14 years old. His work helped shape my identity as a gay person."

It begins in 1981, as 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander), leaves the Isle of Wight to go to university.

He’s not the only one experiencing a big change.

In London, Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas) walks out of his home after his parents make a shocking discovery, and Colin Morris-Jones (Callum Scott Howells) arrives from Wales, to start a new career as an apprentice on Savile Row.

The trio become friends, and their gang eventually expands to include the faithful Ash (Nathaniel Curtis) and Ritchie’s college pal Jill (Lydia West), who doesn’t pull her punches but becomes the rock the others rely on.

Together they move into a flat, which they christen the Pink Palace, where they can start to discover who they really are.

It’s undoubtedly an exciting time, but a threat is looming on the horizon, which means their newfound freedoms and lives may become even more precious.

By coincidence, as the show was filmed before coronavirus hit, the show explores rumours and fake news about an emerging virus and its potential threat to society.

Watch the trailer, below.