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It’s a Sin star Callum Scott lifts lid on filming ‘crazy and scary’ gay sex scenes in raunchy new Channel 4 drama

IT'S a Sin star Callum Scott Howells has revealed what it was like filming his "crazy and scary" gay sex scenes.

The raunchy new Channel 4 series sees the 21-year-old actor play Colin in the new AIDS drama from Doctor Who and Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies.

Sex scenes are notoriously awkward for cast and crew alike, but bosses hired an "intimacy coordinator" to walk Callum through it.

Speaking about his one explicit sex scene, which he filmed on his last day on set, he told Pink News: "It was crazy. It was something I’d never done.

"I’d never simulated a sex scene before. I was scared, but we had amazing intimacy coordinators who were with us, actually, all the way through the process."

The intimacy co-ordinator talks the actor through everything from where they can touch each other, to where they can kiss each other.

They choreograph the scene and are present during filming, though Callum said he didn't need their help when the cameras were rolling.

He added: "Even if I was going to them, I didn’t, but even if I was worried from day one about that scene, I could go to them because they were present throughout the whole process. So it wasn’t just about the work on that day, it was about the whole work leading up to the day.

"It’s really amazing work that intimacy coordinators are doing. They just make sure everyone’s comfortable and just you’re able to then express yourselves within the realms of the character. And I think that’s really important."

It's A Sin, which premieres at 9pm tonight, also stars Years & Years singer Olly Alexander.

The Years & Years singer stars in the new five-part drama by former Doctor Who and Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies which is set in the 1980s when AIDS became prevalent.

Olly plays Ritchie Tozer, the golden boy of his family who is determined to keep his secrets from them after moving to London to start a new life in 1981.

He is joined in the cast by Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Nathaniel Curtis and Lydia West.

A synopsis for the series reads: "Strangers at first, Ritchie and his pals Roscoe and Colin, along with their best friend Jill, find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures.

"But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined.

"As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever."

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