Russell T Davies pens new C4 drama’s exploring 21st Century Gay Life

Russell T Davies returns to C4 with two new dramas for 2014.

Russell T Davies

Former Doctor Who showrunner and writer and creator of seminal hit ‘Queer As Folk’, Russell T Davies, is to pen two new original dramas and an online series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life.

The award-winning writer is back with two 8-part drama series’ Cucumber and Banana for Channel 4 and E4 – and factual web series, Tofu – made by Benjamin Cook, which will offer real people the chance to share their unique stories of sexual experiences in an anarchic and entertaining look at sex.

Cucumber, 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.

Banana 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.

Fifteen years after Queer As Folk aired on Channel 4, Cucumber and Banana will explore the heartbreak and joy of modern sex lives – from gay to straight, and anything in between.

Russell T Davies says; “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.”

Head of Drama, Piers Wenger says; “No one can look into the heart and soul of modern relationships quite like Russell and across Channel 4, E4 and online, he paints an unflinching and forensic portrait of how our sex lives affect us all. It might be fifteen years since Queer As Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait.”

Nicola Shindler, founder and executive producer, RED Production Company adds; “The opportunity to work with Russell again is completely thrilling and the chance to make a drama for Channel 4 that once again takes such a glorious, funny and perceptive look at this word is incredibly exciting. We want to make this a huge, impactful production and are looking forward to starting.”

Cucumber, Banana and Tofu will begin filming in spring 2014 in Manchester for broadcast later in the year.