Russel T Davies new drama series
CUCUMBER exploring the passions and
pitfalls of 21st century gay life for Henry, Lance and their
family and friends.
Topic: gay, bisexuality, (lesbian)
TV drama serial (Channel 4, UK)
8 episodes ŗ 45 minutes (1 season)
TV Premiere: January 22, 2015 (Channel 4)
CAST OF CUCUMBER
Vincent Franklin (Henry Best) ♂♂
Fisayo Akinade (Dean Monroe) ♂♂
Freddie Fox (Freddie Baxter) ♂♂
Cyril Nri (Lance Sullivan) ♂♂
Ceallach Spellman (Adam Whitaker) ♂♂
James Murray (Daniel Coltrane) ♂♂
Con O'Neill (Cliff Costello) ♂♂
Matthew Bailey (Tomasz) ♂♂
Miles Higson (Beanie) ♂♂
Andy Burke (Steve) ♂♂
Darren Lawrence (Raymond) ♂♂
Christian Dixon (Jules) ♂♂
Jamie Zubairi (Max) ♂♂
Christopher Webster (Phil) ♂♂
Letitia Wright (Vivienne Scott)
Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Maureen) ♀♀
Dino Fetscher (Aiden) ♂♂
Andrew Hayden-Smith (Billy) ♂♂
Julie Hesmondhalgh (Cleo Whitaker)
Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Molly Whitaker)
Anjli Mohindra (Veronica Chandra)
Mike Coombes (Meatballs)
Jan Uddin (Saul)
Adjoa Andoh (Marie)
Bethany Black (Helen)
Lynn Hunter (Vanessa)
Lisa Millett (Katrina)
Neil Ashton (Nelly)
Red Madrell (Floss)
Phaldut Sharma (Leigh)
Anu Hasan (Shoona Merchandani)
Hannah John-Kamen (Violet)
Georgia Henshaw (Sian)
T'Nia Miller (Kay)
Charlie Covell (Amy)
Peter Caulfield (Francesco)
Creator: Russell T Davies ♂♂
STORYLINE OF CUCUMBER
Life for 46-year-old Henry (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend Lance is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history - involving a threesome, two police cars, and Boney M - Henry's old life shatters, and his new life begins. While Lance gets to know the mysterious Daniel, Henry soon finds himself with unexpected companions.
24-year-old Freddie and 19-year-old Dean have only been passing strangers, until now. But when they all find themselves under the same roof, they need to work out; are they friends or enemies? Can men from such different generations ever get on?
Henry's sister Cleo can only stand and watch as Henry's life spins off in wild new directions, helped by his nephew Adam. But Cleo's hiding secrets of her own.
And with his dangerous old friend Cliff prowling around, Henry has to think fast, and forge a whole new life, while facing truths about himself which challenge his entire identity.
No matter your orientation or age, CUCUMBER has something very pertinent to say about the realities of romance and how the initial thrill of young love evolves into something just as complex, and equally as confusing. [MTV]
Both shows offer a refreshingly realistic representation of today’s gay world. The way the two series fit together (BANANA picks up directly from scenes first seen in CUCUMBER) is smart and entertaining, and the show's cross-generational theme allows for a more holistic depiction of modern gay life, with a cast that's diverse racially and sexually --the characters span the entire LGBT spectrum. [OUT]
Multiple BAFTA prize-winner Russel T. Davies is considered to be one of Great Britain’s most renowned producer and screenwriters, having introduced gay and bisexual protagonists into mainstream TV with such shows as DOCTOR WHO (2005 - 2012), TORCHWOOD (2006 - 2011) and QUEER AS FOLK (1999 - 2000). With the series CUCUMBER and BANANA being inofficial sequels to the legendary and international hit QUEER AS FOLK. For the rather mature audience, CUCUMBER portrays an older gay couple living together in a modern, emancipated world. Whereas BANANA is an anthology series appealing to a younger perspective, which focuses on the issues faced in LGBT-scene in Manchester and the community at large.
Both series are quite special by possessing a commonality in that the some of the storylines in BANANA are based upon characters that appear in CUCUMBER. The interconnectedness goes even further with the third queer series TOFU in that all are named after based upon the scale of erection hardness, with Banana symbolising the middle of the scale from the flaccid Tofu to the fully erect Cucumber.
Julie Hesmondhalgh whose appearance in CUCUMBER as Adam’s mother Cleo, is best known for her award winning role Hayley Cropper. Having made her debut in 1998, with the embodiment of the first transgender character in world history on the British Soap Opera CORONATION STREET (in 2014 the public figure committed suicide with incurable cancer). In the same year the hot super-bunny (hottie) incarnated as the even hotter gay-activist Jeff in the British Comedy PRIDE, plays Freddie Fox (one of the main characters in Cucumber). Ceallach Spellman, plays Adam, and is also known in Great Britain for his role of Harry Fisher in the drama series WATERLOO ROAD (2010-2011) and his performance as Tom Lewis in BLUE MUDER (2003 - 2009). In 2015 he even played in the short film CLOSETS alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh as the teenage Ben who falls in love with protagonist Henry and struggles with his sexual identity. The main actor Tomaz, or Con O'Neill, was in the gay comedy hit BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS (1998), along with Letitia Wright (who has played a supporting role in MY BROTHER THE DEVIL in 2012 depicting homophobia in the British- Arabian parallel society), and sex symbol Andrew Hayden-Smith who outed in 2005, respectively, are also a part of the main cast of TOFU.
CUCUMBER was broadcasted in USA (Logo) and Canada (OutTV) three months after the world premiere on Channel 4 (UK). Within their topic week on homosexuality the Dutch TV channel NPO3 broadcasted CUCUMBER and BANANA together, subtitled. Later it has gone on air in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and in July 2016 in Germany. In addition, several streaming services included the series into their programs (Amazon, TVNZ, Stan).
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