It is a sin Viewers were “speechless” by Keeley Hawes’ appearance in the show’s emotional finale.
Russell T Davies ‘acclaimed series on the HIV and AIDS crisis ended on Friday February 19, and fans were stunned by Hawes’ performance as Valerie, mother of Olly Alexander’s Ritchie Tozer.
* Spoilers follow – you have been warned *
In the first four episodes, Richie’s parents, Valerie and Clive (Shaun Dooley) have no idea that their son is gay.
However, in the finale, they learn about his sexuality after discovering that he is in hospital with AIDS.
In a scene that has been classified as “incredible”, Hawes’ Valerie marches through the hospital furiously demanding to speak to nurses before having a showdown with Ritchie’s best friend Jill (Lydia West) about her son’s situation in front of her to keep secret.
It is played in a long shot.
“I don’t think anyone will own an episode of anything this year like Keeley Hawes owned the last episode of #ItsASin,” wrote writer Ben Brooks-Dutton.
Writer Scott Bryan added, The final hour of #ItsASin is sensational, heartbreaking television. Those long scenes with Keeley Hawes. I hardly breathed. “
Another viewer wrote: “Keeley Hawes’ bravura performance. I’ve read a lot about people who hate the character. I can not. The denial and the self-hatred and the desperate love are beautifully observed. If she doesn’t win prizes, something is wrong. “
West’s appearance was also hailed as “towering,” and many viewed her as the show’s breakout star.
It is a sin is available to stream on All 4.