How set design can make or break a story

As such, they built their own set inside an old school, which allowed them to go to town in creating the worn feel of the characterful apartment. “We really wanted to do that beautiful layering of the [wall]paper, and things like that,” Hampson says, “and you get so restricted sometimes on location in terms of what you’re allowed to do and what you’re not allowed to do.”
A student at the time of the crisis, Hanson also had her own catalogue of references for that time and place, which helped to formulate the world-building seen in the series. Her student accommodation, for example, informed how she tackled the ‘Pink Palace’ – the nickname for the home of the show’s five protagonists, Ritchie, Roscoe, Gill, Colin and Ash. Though Davies wanted the flat to be a real location, nothing suitable could be found in Manchester, where the production was shot.
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It's a Sin set design
Top: drawing of the Pink Palace kitchen in It’s a Sin; Above: living room set at the Pink Palace. All images courtesy Luana Hanson

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