Russell T Davies was forced to change the name of his new Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin because of the success of The Boys on Amazon Prime Video.
The producer revealed that his five-part limited series was initially called Boys, however, he soon renamed it following the success of the blockbuster American superhero thriller, which stars Antony Starr and Karl Urban.
Davies subsequently came up with It’s A Sin so audiences didn’t confuse the two shows – and he’s delighted with it.
‘This was called Boys for a long time,’ Davies explained. ‘Honestly, it was almost like a placeholder title because what a terrible title. Boys, you might as well call it Tables, or Mugs.’
He continued: ‘This [It’s A Sin] has been sitting around for a long time. This has been sitting on a desk since 2015, so I had this before the TV show The Boys came along.
‘But that became so successful and we went to HBO Max and said we can’t really have the same title as something else, and so I just thought of this.’
Of the name change, Davies added: ‘I’m so glad, it’s a much better title. I’m delighted with it.’
It’s A Sin explore the lives of three young gay men affected by the Aids crisis of the 1980s – a world away from superhero vigilantes fighting crime.
Years and Years singer Olly Alexander stars in the series, which is also being released on HBO Max, alongside the likes of Stephen Fry and Neil Patrick Harris.
It’s A Sin kicks off tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.