The series follows a group of gay men who move to London at the outbreak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. During one episode, there is a scene where Ritchie and his boyfriend Donald are discussing celebrities who might be gay, with Donald suggesting the This Morning presenter, prompting Ritchie to reply: "If only!"
WATCH: Phillip Schofield came out as gay in early 2020
Donald added: "I had a friend who worked in The Broom Cupboard, said he’s at it like Billy-o."
Fans were quick to discuss the moment, with one writing: "Loved the @Schofe reference #ItsASin," while another added: "Dead @ the Phillip Schofield line #ItsASin." A third person suggested that it was a coincidence, saying: "I watched #ItsASin and had to check filming dates due to the Phillip Schofield mention. Filming wrapped seven days before he came out (officially). Must just be a coincidence?"
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The show's creator, Russell T. Davies, has since confirmed this, telling The Times: "Gay men always say that a handsome man on television is gay. So in the 1980s we always used to say Phillip Schofield was gay. The lawyer said, 'No, you don’t need to clear this with Schofield, because he’s straight. He’s married with children, we don’t need to check that. Only now he’s come out! Isn’t that weird?"
He added: "See, I never thought that Phillip Schofield was gay. I was like a right chump… He’s always been very nice to me – I look a little bit like I’m taking potshots at him now. Whereas actually, when that was written and filmed we’d all presumed he was so straight that that line was no offence, because I was attacking gay men who always presume that the handsome man on television is gay."
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