|Aired from||Channel 4|
|Premiere||22 January 2015 – present|
|“||There’s a frustration in not seeing yourself represented, which is completely understandable when you are in a minority or you feel like you are in a minority. It’s much more complicated than that. I think if you saw a laser sharp representation of yourself on screen you wouldn’t recognise it, or you would react against it like it is wrong, because it is like looking at a photo of yourself. No one likes it.||”|
— Russell T Davies about the show
Cucumber is a 2015 British television series created by Russell T. Davies and aired on Channel 4. The series focuses on middle-aged Henry Best (Vincent Franklin), following a disastrous date night with his boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri). Henry's old life shatters, and he embarks on a new life with unfamiliar rules.
In development since 2006, Cucumber was announced along with companion series Banana, and web series Tofu in November 2013. The titles of all three shows come from a scientific study into the male erection which divided the erection into a hardness scaleconsisting of tofu, peeled banana, banana, and cucumber; upon reading the study, Davies remarked that "right there and then, I knew I had my drama"
- Vincent Franklin as Henry Best
- Cyril Nri as Lance Sullivan
- Julie Hesmondhalgh as Cleo Whitaker
- Freddie Fox as Freddie Baxter
- Fisayo Akinade as Dean Monroe
- Con O’Neill as Cliff Costello
- James Murray as Daniel Coltrane
- Ceallach Spellman as Adam Whitaker
Original drama series from Russell T Davies exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life, beginning with the most disastrous date night in history.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||"Episode One"||David Evans||Russell T davies||22 January 2015||1.86m|
|2||"Episode Two"||David Evans||Russell T Davies||29 January 2015||1.03|
|3||" Episode Three "||David Evans||Russell T Davies||5 February 2015||0.88|
|4||" Episode Four "||Alice Troughton||Russell T Davies||12 February 2015||0.87|
|5||"Episode Five"||Alice Troughton||Russell T Davies||19 February 2015||0.35 (overnight)|
|6||"Episode Six"||Alice Troughton||Russell T Davies||26 February 2015||0.89|
|7||"Episode Seven"||Euros Lyn||Russell T Davies||5 March 2015||0.92|
|8||"Episode Eight"||Euros Lyn||Russell T Davies||12 March 2015||0.58 (overnight)|
Russell T. Davies (the creator of the show) has confirmed that Cucumber is a one and done story and will not return for Season 2. However, he has discussed possible second seasons of spinoff shows Banana and Tofu with broadcaster Channel 4. Here what he said:
‘No – ‘Cucumber’ comes to an end. It has a beginning, middle and an end … Part of us is dying to continue. I went into this saying it would be one year only for the whole thing – then you make it and you think, ‘Oh, it’d be nice to make some more of those,’ and you’re tempted back.
”But we’re talking about Banana because it’s an anthology series and I’ve loved discovering new writers and new directors with it, so that could continue.”
At the moment, however, Channel 4 is yet to renew or cancel the series. So is still unknown if they will renew Banana.
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