Channel 4 is getting back into business with Russell T. Davies. The broadcaster has ordered two new drama series which promise to explore Gay life in the 21st century, both of which hail from Davies, who was behind Channel 4’s hit series Queer As Folk before moving on to re-launch Doctor Who for the BBC. Channel 4 has also ordered an online factual series which is inspired by the two drama series.
Cucumber is an 8 episode drama series which follows 46 year old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. Life for Henry and Lance is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history – involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas Album – Henry’s old life shatters, and his new life begins. The series, which will air on Channel 4, is being produced by Red Production Company with Nicola Shindler and Russel T. Davies serving as the executive producers.
Banana is another 8 episode drama series, described as a companion piece to Cucumber, which follows the lives of characters orbiting around Henry in Cucumber. From young lesbian Scotty’s first love, to 19 year old Dean’s mysterious family secrets, Banana covers 50 shades of gay, and beyond. The series, which will air on E4, is being produced by Red Production Company with Nicola Shindler and Russel T. Davies serving as the executive producers.
Finally, Tofu is an 8 episode online series navigating the landscape of 21st Century sex in its own inimitable way. Offering real people the chance to share their unique stories of sexual experiences, Tofu is an anarchic and entertaining look at sex. The online series, which will be available on Channel 4’s website, is inspired by the episodes of the drama series’ and is being made by Benjamin Cook. Cook and Davies have history, with the book Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale documenting the email correspondence between the two. Benjamin Cook has since ventured into online video production, with his Becoming Youtube series being a notable example.