New gay drama from Queers as Folk creator
UK gay audiences are in for a treat with Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies set to premiere a new gay drama for BBC's Channel 4.
The new sereis, titled Cucumber, previewed to a selection of critics in the UK last week. Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt described the new drama as as "channel-defining" and said it is so risqué it has scenes that wouldn’t air on a US television.
Piers Wenger, drama head at Channel 4, told The Independent on Sunday that Cucumber was "amazingly warm, incredibly funny and beautifully written",
He did concede Hunt’s proclamation that Cucumber was very risqué and said viewers may be challenged by the explicit content.
"In a drama looking at the details of people's sex lives, whether gay or straight people, of course you are required to bust taboos or ask probing questions. There's no doubt people will find it challenging but it's asking intelligent questions in an original way," he said.
The network has taken a multi-platform approach with the new drama and Davies has developed the series with this in mind. Directly following Cucumber, viewers can switch over to watch a sister show, Banana while a third element, Tofu, will air on the Channel 4 website and consist of factual content on the lives of ordinary people.
Davies said he got the names for the series from a study on erctions.
"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."
Channel 4 has also announced a slew of other LGBTI friendly programming including the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s iconic lesbian novel, The Price of Salt – which has been given the movie treatment by Film 4 and will air under the moniker Carol. The film stars Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Aussie actress Cate Blanchett.
Other shows in development include Underage & Gay and My Million View Sex Change, the latter is a documentary showing young trans women using Testosterone Diaries to record online their transition process. While Gay Love: Sex and Apps will follow one young guys journey as he looks for a partner on apps such as Grindr and Manhunt.
Image: Some of the cast from Cucumber, Con O'Neill, Vincent Franklin and Julie Hesmondhalgh