Russell T Davies’ new series of three simultaneous shows to be aired in January have received a trailer, showing their interconnecting stories and characters.
Davies – Queer as Folk writer and Doctor Who showrunner – has been hinting at this series of shows since as early as 2011. Entitled Cucumber, Banana, and Tofu, the shows will tell the stories of LGBT people in Britain.
According to Channel 4’s press release:
Channel 4’s Cucumber follows 46 year old Henry, played by Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It, Twenty Twelve) and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance, played by Cyril Nri (The Bill). 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 Boney M – Henry’s old life shatters, and his new life begins.
The cast for the eight-part series also includes Con O’Neill, Rufus Hound, Ardal O’Hanlon, Adjoa Andoh, Anjli Mohindra, Ceallach Spellman and Phaldut Sharma.
On E4, Banana is a series of eight witty, charming and unique stand-alone stories that cover 50 shades of gay and beyond. […]
Young lesbian, Scotty (Letitia Wright) pursues an unrequited love; Dean (Fisayo Akinade) has mysterious family secrets and a sexually charged liaison with an enigmatic Geordie Man (Andrew Hayden-Smith; Sian (Georgia Henshaw) struggles to choose between lover Violet (Hannah John-Kamen) and her over-protective mum Vanessa (Lynn Hunter); and Helen (Bethany Black) is besieged by unwanted attention from an ex.
Tofu, meanwhile, extends the experience online. Made by prolific YouTuber, Benjamin Cook, this light-hearted documentary series exploring modern sex in all its varied manifestations. Featuring a diverse range of interviewees including the stars of CUCUMBER and BANANA, celebrities, stars of the porn world and candid chats with members of the public, Tofu highlights the very real issues that are referenced in the fictional shows.
The trilogy will air in January 2015. Watch the trailer below:
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