Was waiting for this! I watched it all in one go. Enjoyed it as I do most of RTD’s stuff, but I did have a few minor qualms
[spoiler]i thought it borrowed pretty liberally from other stuff. Colin’s death - ie the unassuming one of the group getting it from sporadic encounters - was lifted from My Night With Reg. I saw it coming a mile off. And the Tory MP stuff was pure Line of Beauty. It kind of fell into a wider issue for me that it wasn’t really telling a new story. I’ve watched a lot of HIV/AIDS stuff on stage, tv and film (plus wrote a dissertation on it!), and feel like I had seen it all before. I still found it emotionally draining (although tempered by the fact I binged it in one go - something I don’t tend to enjoy) but I didn’t come away with a new perspective of the era and the effects of the disease in the same way I did, say, The Inheritance or 120bpm. I hope this doesn’t come across as heartless as I did come away feeling lucky to be out and alive today, with an accepting family behind me.
Also the last episode went really off the boil for me. Keeley Hawes seemed to transform into Edina Monsoon!
I can’t help but be fond for RTD though. He seems generous, witty and aware of the importance of representation on screen.