IT'S A Sin has been dubbed a TV triumph, as viewers have both wept and laughed at the heart wrenching series.
But some fans have been left wondering about the meaning behind the refrain 'La', used by the show's main characters.
What does 'La' mean in It's A Sin?
The exclamation is used by the housemates of the Pink Palace towards each other throughout the series.
On companion show It’s a Sin: After Hours, Russell T Davies revealed that the saying is an "in-joke".
He said: “I put it in because that’s how groups of friends work and I don’t think you ever see that often enough on television and in films.
“Groups of people who spend a lot of time together have these codes and jokes and in-jokes.
“They might have a funny way of saying ‘thank you’, or little nicknames for each other, like this lot feminise each other’s names, which we all used to do as little gay kids in the 1980s.
"It was a nod to that, that they’ve got a joke and it runs throughout the rest of the episodes.
“As time goes on, it wears out, as in-jokes do, and it gets slightly forgotten. But I wanted to do that to make them feel a bit more real.”
And the director said that the saying "La" in particular came from his own experience.
He said: "Me and my gang of mates, when we were teenagers, all belonged to the same youth theatre, that was one of our jokes.
“There are some people out there who I haven’t seen for years who might watch this and go, ‘I used to do that, I used to go, “La!”‘
“How they explain that to their wives, I would love to know.”
What is It's A Sin about?
The groundbreaking show centres around Ritchie, Roscoe and Coli, who all meet in London in 1981.
Ritchie is leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university. Meanwhile Roscoe Babatunde has left his family home after his father threatens to take him back to Nigeria, and Colin Morris-Jones has arrived in the big smoke from Wales to work as a tailor on Savile Row.
Together, the three lads move in with friends Ash and Jill to a shared flat, which they call the "Pink Palace".
The boys are in their late teens and early twenties, and must navigate London in 1981 – in the midst of the AIDS crisis.
As the threat of HIV becomes ever-closer, Ritchie, Roscoe and Coli are forced to come to terms with the reality of the debilitating virus.
When can I watch It's A Sin?
It’s A Sin began on January 22 on Channel 4.
It airs at 9pm on Fridays and all five episodes are available to stream on All4 now.
It’s A Sin – After Hours accompanies the show and launches weekly after the main show airs on Channel 4, featuring a mix of cast members and special guests.
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