Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Russell T Davies: Cucumber!

"I once read about a scientific institute which had studied the male erection. It divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama. And it's a joy to be back with Channel 4 and RED, to tell these stories."

Russell T Davies, from an exciting Channel 4 press release.

We've been promised these by RTD for Hung-Like-A-Donkey's Years.
He's been talking about doing something on older gay men ever since the end of Queer As Folk, and firmed things up way back in 2007.
First it was with the BBC, then Hollywood, blah blah, stuck in development hell. 
Anyway should be with us late next year.
So you can keep your ruddy Dr Who 50th anniversary specials and your Amercian "dramedy", Looking!

This image is from the Mirror. >>>
And seeing as they've just ripped off the press release, as did everyone else in medialand, I will too.

"Fifteen years after Queer As Folk exploded on to the screen, award-winning writer Russell T Davies is back with Cucumber and Banana – two new drama series for Channel 4 and E4 exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. Tofu, a factual web series, is an anarchic online guide to sex inspired by the dramas each week."

Cucumber - an 8 X 60’ series for Channel 4 - 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.

On E4, Banana (8 X 30’) 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.

With the same ferocious wit, startling honesty and heartfelt warmth that made Queer As Folka landmark series, Cucumber and Banana will explore the heartbreak and joy of modern sex lives - from gay to straight, and anything in between.* 

Tofu, meanwhile, extends the experience online with eight factual episodes 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 Mirror put this in quotes and began; "An insider revealed..." 

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