Elton John has praised Russell T Davies' Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin for its "incredibly moving account" of AIDS and its its devastating effect in the 1980s.

The drama, which stars Years & Years singer Olly Alexander, charts the daily lives of four friends who share a house as the HIV/AIDS crisis begins to unfold.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Writing on Instagram, Elton said: "It’s A Sin is an incredibly moving account of the arrival of AIDS in the U.K. in the 1980’s.

"Watching it, so many sad and devastating memories came flooding back. Many people were callous, ignorant and cruel. Thank God we have come so far since then."

Elton John: Hats off to Russell T Davies . . .

"Hats off to Russell T Davies on creating this moving testament to a pivotal and important moment in LGBTQ history," the Rocket Man hit-maker said.

In the early years, AIDS was named in an acronym as GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency). Insensitive terms such as "the gay plague" were common parlance.

John set up his AIDS Foundation in 1992 and its activities and campaigns have helped raise in excess of $125 million (€104 million). The organisation assists initiatives in 55 countries.

It's a Sin premiered on Friday January 22 on Channel 4. All five episodes are being streamed on All 4.