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It’s a Sin: Who is Isla St Clair and the other pop culture references you might’ve missed?

Russell T Davies’ new Channel 4 series It’s A Sin is packed with 80s pop cultural references – and if you weren’t born in the era they might have gone straight over your head.

The five-part drama, which was immediately hailed by audiences after it launched on Friday night, follows the lives of a group of friends in London during the HIV/Aids crisis.

Nods to the likes of Stretch Armstrong and Isla St Clair have been a welcome dose of nostalgia for some viewers, although some might have found themselves frantically searching Google for explanations.

Here’s just some of the notable references from It’s A Sin.

 Isla St Clair

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Isla St Clair presented The Generation Game with Larry Grayson (Picture: BBC)

Isla St Clair is a Scottish singer, actress and former gameshow host.

She became a household name after she hosted The Generation Game with Larry Grayson from 1978 to 1981, before going on to host The Saturday Show in 1982 on ITV.

In It’s A Sin, the lovable Colin decided to nickname Ritchie’s boyfriend Isla St Clair as he believed they looked similar.

Rock Hudson

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Rock Hudson was the first major celebrity to die from Aids (Picture: Rex)

Rock Hudson was an American actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He gained notoriety after starring in Magnificent Obsession in 1954 and went on to appear in nearly 70 films during his four-decade career.

In 1984, Hudson was diagnosed with Aids and was the first major celebrity to die from an Aids-related illness in 1985 aged 59.

Gladys Pugh

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Ruth Madoc played Gladys Pugh in Hi-de-Hi! (Picture: BBC)

Gladys Pugh is a fictional character in BBC comedy Hi-de-Hi!, which aired on BBC One from 1980 to 1988.

She was joined Maplins holiday camp in 1955 and rose through the ranks to become sports organiser and later chief Yellowcoat.

The character was played by Ruth Madoc, who received a Bafta TV award nomination for best light entertainment performance.

Stretch Armstrong

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Stretch was a classic 80s toy

Stretch Armstrong is a muscular, male action figure made out of rubber and could be stretched from its original size of about 15 inches to 4ft.

The toy was first introduced in 1976 before being reissued in the 1990s with a canine sidekick called Fetch Armstrong.

Ritchie was a big fan – and confessed to Ash that he had a crush on the figure.

Juliet Bravo

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Juliet Bravo was a classic police drama (Picture: UK:TV)

Juliet Bravo was a police drama that aired in 1980 and ran for six series on BBC One.

The show concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in the fictional town of Hartley in Lancashire.

Actress Stephanie Turner portrayed the lead role of Inspector Jean Darblay for the first three series.

It’s A Sin airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4 with the entire box set available to stream on All 4.

Credit: Original article published here.

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