Saturday, November 30, 2013

Russell T. Davies To Return With Two Gay Themed Dramas For Channel 4 & E4

I should have mentioned this one last week but yes, it's true - Russell T. Davies is back (excluding Wizards Vs. Aliens for a moment) and he's got two new dramas lined up for both Channel 4 and E4.

The first one, set to air on Channel 4 is titled Cucumber and will focus on a gay couple - 46 year old Henry and his boyfriend on a disastrous date while the second one, due to air on E4, titled Banana will focus on the younger characters that feature in the main series. Both series then also will have a web series called Tofu, which has been described as "an anarchic online guide to sex inspired by the dramas each week".

Each of these series will run for eight episodes and will focus on the pitfalls of 21st century gay life and the titles for the shows themselves do stem from the stages of the male erection - with one being tofu, two being peeled banana, three being banana and four being cucumber itself. Channel 4's Head Of Drama Piers Wenger (who worked on the fifth and sixth series of Doctor Who) has said on the upcoming projects -

"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 15 years since Queer As Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait.

I have to admit I'm really looking forward to seeing these shows next year and I can't wait to see who ends up getting cast in them as well. Welcome back to the television fold, Russell.

Press Release:

Filming for all three series will begin in Spring 2014 in Manchester. A transmission date has yet to be confirmed.

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