Vincent Franklin (The Thick Of It) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street) have been cast in Russell T Davies new drama series’ Cucumber, which will air on Channel 4; and companion series Banana, which will air on youth-skewing E4.
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.
While 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.
Franklin has been cast as lead character Henry, while Hesmondhalgh will play his sister. Cyril Nri (Law & Order: UK) also stars as Henry’s boyfriend Lance. Rounding out the cast is Freddie Fox (Parade’s End), Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat), Con O’Neill (Uncle), James Murray (Primeval) and Ceallach Spellman (Waterloo Road).
Both drama series, which were commissioned in November 2013 alongside online companion Tofu, are being written by Russell T. Davies, who previously produced by Queer As Folk for Channel 4 and is arguably best known for rebooting Doctor Who for the BBC. Red Production Company is producing, with Nicola Shindler and Davies serving as executive producers. David Evans, Alice Troughton and Euros Lyn are attached to direct.