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More cast announced for Russell T Davies’ C4 drama


Comedian Rufus Hound (Hounded, The Wedding Video), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted, London Irish) and Adjoa Andoh (Law and Order: UK, Doctor Who) have joined the cast of Russell T Davies eight-part Channel 4 drama series, Cucumber.

Cucumber tells the story of 46 year old Henry (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend Lance (Cyril Nri) whose comfortable and settled existence is shattered after the most disastrous date night in history – involving a threesome, two police cars, and Bony M – and Henry’s new life begins.

Hound will star as Rupert, a man in hot pursuit of Henry – but as their date gets stranger and stranger, the night ends in very unexpected ways.

O’Hanlon plays Brian, who goes out on a date with Cleo, only to find the evening unravelling into old secrets and long-buried truths. Andoh joins as Lance’s sister Marie – a strong, outspoken professional, who thinks her brother’s boyfriend just isn’t good enough for him.

In The Flesh actor Luke Newberry and Dino Fetscher will also appear in Cucumber with their in-depth stories detailed in individual episodes of E4 companion series Banana.

Newberry plays Josh, a young law student who finds the past hard to escape, when he has to go home and face his old friend from school. Newcomer Dino Fetscher plays Aiden – a handsome, confident young man, who unexpectedly finds himself stuck with the lovelorn Frank for the day. But Frank will challenge everything Aiden thinks about gay life, right to the core.

Previously announced cast include; Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street), Freddie Fox (Parade’s End), Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat), Con O’Neill (Uncle), James Murray (Primeval) and Ceallach Spellman (Waterloo Road).

Cucumber and Banana is currently filming in Manchester.