1. Russell T Davies is coming back to UK TV with two new drama series “exploring 21st century gay life”.
Cucumber is an eight-part series of hour-long episodes for Channel 4, while Banana will focus on the younger characters from the parent show, and broadcast eight 30 minute episodes on E4. Tofu, a factual web series, will provide an “anarchic online guide to sex inspired by the dramas each week.” The project had originally been in development for Showtime in the US, before Davies returned to the UK.
2. 15 years after making his name with Queer As Folk, Davies is returning to Manchester’s gay community.
But the shows will not explore the hedonistic Canal Street scene of that show. Instead, Cucumber follows 46—year-old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. After the most disastrous date in history - involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas album, Henry’s old life shatters and his new one begins. Banana follows the lives of the characters that orbit Henry, from young lesbian Scotty’s first love to 19-year-old Dean’s mysterious family secrets. Tofu, meanwhile, extends the experience online with eight factual episodes navigating the landscape of 21st Century sex. The series’ will be shot in Manchester by RED Productions in 2014.
3. Queer As Folk launched the careers of Aidan Gillan and Charlie Hunnam.
The pair caused controversy in the first gay sex scene on primetime British television. A long-running remake followed in the US.
4. Davies said:
I once read about a scientific institute which had studied the male erection. It divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu; two, banana; three, peeled banana and four, cucumber. Right there and then I knew I had my drama. And it’s a joy to be back with Channel 4 and RED, to tell these stories.
Davies and RED’s Nicola Shindler in 1999.
6. Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger said:
No-one can look into the heart and soul of modern relationships quite like Russell and across Channel 4, E4 and online, he paints an unflinching and forensic portrait of how our sex lives affect us all. It might be 15 years since Queer As Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait.
7. Nicola Shindler, founder and executive producer of RED added:
The opportunity to work with Russell again is completely thrilling and the chance to make a drama for Channel 4 that once again takes such a glorious, funny and perceptive look at this world is incredibly exciting. We want to make this a huge, impactful production and are looking forward to starting
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