Also, can I just say that when he says “we were all AIDS deniers”.. no Russell we weren’t ALL AIDS deniers. It all kicked off just as people my age should have been exploring their sexuality and I along with most gay men I knew were absolutely petrified. It totally changed our behaviour which is probably why we’re still here to tell the tale. I find RTD to be a one-trick pony. Sorry Dr Who fans! Cucumber was ok but clichéd AF. Years and Years started ok but turned into a preposterous mess. He’s overrated.
I can well believe that some people were in complete denial and convinced that it was a hoax while others were terrified and completely changed their behaviour - we’ve certainly seen those extremes with Covid!
I follow quite a few TV types who've seen the series and many are saying it's going to go down as one of the best shows for years. Who knows whether to believe these people though and of course everyone has their own views and tastes.
To be honest, Russell T Davies on a bad day is still better than a lot of TV drama. Years and Years didn't work all that well but it was always interesting. Now that he's back in Queer As Folk territory I'm expecting big things. Plus apparently one of his unused Doctor Who scripts is being made into an audio drama so that's exciting!
If you read the full interview it's a lot more nuanced then everyone being a denier. He even talks about specific people who weren't and of course this all happened over a period of time, the denial faded quickly once people became aware of the reality of it but that didn't happen immediately.
I'll be watching, even his weaker stuff is a hell of a lot more distinctive & creative than the average British drama.
Particularly looking forward to the scenes on the set of 80's Doctor Who! Itself inspired by the memory of a Doctor Who guest star who he knew, who died very young of AIDS.
Post by MrBraithwaite on Jan 19, 2021 12:12:45 GMT
It is very clear from the interview that these are his experiences with the people he knew at the time. Not everyone. Bit unfair to attack him because of a headline...if you don't like him, fine, but from the comments here he doesn't seem 'overrated'.
I’m not expecting too much of this, like @burlybear I find much of his work has been a bit cliched and obvious , but I’ll watch , especially since they made part of the series in the house next door but one to where I was living in late 2019. They filmed outside my house too , and paid us to leave our cars out of shot . I turned down a good sum to use my house as a green room , I had the house for sale at the time so didn’t want prospective purchasers having to pick their way through discarded paper coffee cups and pizza boxes . Of course, we were definitely not ALL aids deniers , like many others these were my formative years and I was well aware of what was happening, it was frightening and very restricting for a lot of us.
I'm rather looking forward to this and do like his writing. I've never watched Dr Who so can't speak for that. I'm an 80s person so it's going to be interesting. I was slightly out of touch with what was happening in London with AIDS as I was living abroad for the whole of that decade doing my "holiday rep" thing. Used to come back for short visits to London and frequented Heaven, Copacabana in Earls Court etc. I do know that some of my friends at the time did die of the virus but as I was out of the country I was out of the loop really. On a lighter note one of the leads is a young Welsh lad called Callum Howells who had his west end debut in She Loves Me at the Menier. Really nice lad.