Russell T Davies shares link to music megastar Beyoncé

Writer Russell T Davies has revealed that one of the scenes in the groundbreaking drama series It’s A Sin has a link to the singer Beyoncé.

The critically acclaimed Channel 4 mini series was first broadcast in 2021 and has since been nominated for numerous awards, including several BAFTAs, with the program celebrated at a panel event at the BFI and Radio Times TV Festival 2022.

Speaking at the festival, It’s a Sin writer Russell T Davies revealed a secret behind the scenes from the programme, explaining that there was a nod to singer Beyonce in the scene where Roscoe leaves home during episode one.



Omari Douglas, Jill Nalder, Russell T Davies, Callum Scott Howells and David Carlyle discussed It’s a Sin at the BFI and Radio Times TV Festival 2022

The scene sees Roscoe leave home on September 4, 1981 – the same day that Beyonce was born.

However, he added that there was no way to show that it was Beyonce’s birthday on screen, saying: “There was no way of doing it, but the scene where Roscoe leaves home, where he faces his parents and tells them to find him at 23 P**s Off Avenue London WF**k and he walks out into the rain – that is the day that Beyonce was born.



Omari Douglas' character Roscoe walks out of the house in episode one
Omari Douglas’ character Roscoe walks out of the house in episode one

“There’s no way of saying that on screen, but it was the fourth of September 1981.”

Russell was joined at the festival by It’s A Sin stars Callum Scott Howells, David Carlyle and Roscoe actor Omari Douglas, with Omari adding: “Roscoe was doing the groundwork for Beyonce basically.”

Omari explained that the scene also reminded him of moments when you’re younger and you stand up to your elders for the first time, even what you say “might not necessarily be the most eloquent thing, but you just kind of say it anyway, adding: “It’s sort of felt like that.”



Russell T Davies said the day that Roscoe walks out of the house was on the day Beyonce was born
Russell T Davies said the day that Roscoe walks out of the house was on the day Beyonce was born

Reflecting on the scene and Roscoe’s choice of language in that moment, Russell added: “That’s why 23 P**s Off Avenue London WF**k is important.

“Because all he’s done is watch television, and that’s the Blue Peter address – that’s the BBC address that every day you send your letters to, London W12.

“So he’s had 18 years of that, so he turns that on his head and turns it into a swear word. So he’s owning everything, that’s what he’s doing.”

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