Cucumbar/Banana

TV-Series | GB 2015 | 1x45'/1x25' | OV

Henry Best is a middle-aged insurance salesman, bald and gay. When he finds himself attracted to some younger colleagues while his steady relationship of nine years spectacularly implodes, he has to manage an exiting and confusing new foray into Manchester’s gay scene. With CUCUMBER, Russell T. Davies has created a quasi-successor to his legendary series QUEER AS FOLK – again delicately balanced between drama, comedy and fearlessness. But this time around, there’s more: Besides the main series on Channel 4 there is also the more versatile story collection BANANA on the associated E4, where some supporting characters from CUCUMBER step into the spotlight and the focus widens to a panorama of the Manchester’s entire LGBT community. Together with the documentary series TOFU on 4oD this constitutes an unprecedented project of three programs closely related by plot and theme, spread out over three different channels. We screened the first episodes of both CUCUMBER and BANANA.

 

CUCUMBER
Directors
Alice Troughton, David Evans, Euros Lyn
Script
Russell T. Davies
Producers
Angie Daniell, Matt Strevens
Executive Producers
Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Nicola Shindler
Photography
Jake Polonsky, Dale McCready
Principal Cast
Vincent Franklin, Cyril Nri, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Freddie Fox, James Murray, Fisayo Akinade
BANANA
Directors
Lewis Arnold, Al Mackay, Luke Snellin
Script
Russell T. Davies, Charlie Covell, Matthew Barry, Sue Perkins
Producers
Emily Feller, Angela Taylor
Executive Producers
Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Nicola Shindler
Photography
David Rom, Ollie Downey, Liam Iandoli
Principal Cast
Vincent Franklin, Freddie Fox, Fisayo Akinade, Letitia Wright, Lynn Hunter, Georgia Henshaw, Mike Coombes

International Sales

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United Kingdom

Selected filmography Russell T. Davies

THE SECOND COMING (2003), DOCTOR WHO (2005-2010), TARDISODES (2006), TORCHWOOD (2006-2011), THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (2007-2010), SJA: ALIEN FILES (2010), WIZARDS VS. ALIENS (2012-2013), BANANA (2015), TOFU (2015)