Why do they say La? Russell T Davies explains

It is a sin becomes synonymous with the expression “La”.

The monosyllabic word is used repeatedly throughout the Hit Channel 4 series.

But why?! Well, it turns out that it has a specific and fairly relatable meaning.

Why do they say La on It’s A Sin?

Apparently ‘La’ is pronounced so often because it’s part of a joke between the main characters.

Writer Russell T Davies says so many friendship groups work – they have goofy jokes and even secret languages.

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So he added a joke word to make the pals seem more understandable.

Speaking of It’s A Sin – After Hours, a web series, Russell said: “I put it in because groups of friends work that way, and I think you never see it on TV and in movies enough.


Olly as Ritchie in It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

It’s based on an earlier Russell joke

“Groups of people who spend a lot of time together have these codes and jokes and in-jokes.”

And he even says it’s a phrase he used with his friends as a young man.

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He explained, “I did that as a little camp kid in Swansea.

“Me and my group of friends when we were teenagers were all in the same youth theater, and that was one of our jokes.

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It’s a Sin is a hit with viewers and critics alike (Credit: Channel 4)

“There were some people out there who I haven’t seen in years who could look at this and say, ‘I did this before, I left earlier, La! ‘How they explain this to their wives, I would like to know. “

The show’s creator continued, “They might have a fun way of saying thank you, or little nicknames for each other, like this crowd, feminizing the names of others we all made as little gay kids in the 1980s.

Stephen roast on it's a sin
Stephen Fry also stars in the hit drama series (Credit: Channel 4)

“There was actually a hint that they had a joke and went through the rest of the episodes.

“Over the decade it actually wears out, like jokes, something gets forgotten, but I wanted to do that to make them feel a little more real.”

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