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The UK’s Channel 4 hopes to “outrage” tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail with it’s new “channel-defining” gay drama Cucumber, reports The Independent.

DaviesFifteen years after screening Russell T Davies’ ground-breaking drama Queer As Folk, Channel 4 has boasted that new series Cucumber - also produced by Davies [pictured right] - is so risqué that it "wouldn't get past an American network".

Set to be aired next year, Cucumber looks at gay life across different generations and stars Vincent Franklin [above left] as a 46-year old man going through a relationship break-up, and Freddie Fox [above right] as a young object of his desires.

Cucumber will be broadcast alongside a sister show, Banana and a related web series called Tofu. According to Davies, the titles for the three shows came from a scientific study on the 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."

Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger said that although the new series is "amazingly warm, incredibly funny and beautifully written", viewers might be "challenged" by the explicit content.

Named Channel of the Year on Friday at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Channel 4 recently ran a campaign challenging homophobia in Russia, to coincide with the Sochi Winter Olympics. New projects from the broadcaster include Carol, which examines a lesbian affair between a female department-store assistant and an older married woman; My Million View Sex Change, a project showing young women recording the progress of their gender reassignments; and Gay Love: Sex and Apps, which will follow a young man looking for a partner on apps such as Grindr and Manhunt.

Watch a deleted scene from the original UK version of Queer As Folk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sounds stupid and creepy, and translatable to American audiences.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Aug 25, 2014 9:18:49 AM

  2. I am very much looking forward to RTD's return to queer television. No so much to the inevitable, sloppy, bloated US remake.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Aug 25, 2014 9:22:02 AM

  3. I've put up with RTD's writing for literally decades, and I'm not going to be watching anything he's responsible for ever again. He has several bad habits as a writer, not the least of which is throwing plot out the window whenever he gets bored and proceeding to just pull stuff out of a hat that has no place being in the series at all. Just look at his tenure at Doctor Who, or the ending of QAF:UK for some examples. Even in a series where almost anything was fair game, like Torchwood, he managed to piss off the fans so much that he essentially killed the series for most of the fans, and he started that by killing the very popular gay character, Ianto. If you like anything RTD writes, you better pray he leaves the series before he gets bored.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 25, 2014 9:47:17 AM

  4. Littlefinger does the Son of Anarchy. I'm in heaven.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Aug 25, 2014 10:08:54 AM

  5. Mike: You just described everything wrong with what Showtime did with their Queer As Folk.
    As for 'Queer as Folk 2,' it's pretty well documented that RTD did NOT want to do a second series. Channel 4 strong armed him into doing so.
    As for "The Killing Of Ianto!" Ianto was suppose to die in 'Torchwood' series 2. RTD decided to kill off Owen instead, and gave good reason for doing so.
    You are entitled your your opinion tho.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Aug 25, 2014 10:27:48 AM

  6. So basically lgbt life is male hookups, older woman and poorer young girl, bald much older unattractive man with fey sexy much younger boy?

    Really C4?? Do we still live in the 90's!??!

    Posted by: Rowan | Aug 25, 2014 11:34:25 AM

  7. I find the titles to be degrading. Why is he reducing gay people to erections? IS this supposed to be OK b/c he is gay?

    I don't care for his grasping sexual sensationalism. When he puts that aside, he can be brilliant. I actually loved QaF. The writing and execution were outstanding. But QaF 2 was atrocious. Even if he was strong armed by Channel 4, that is no excuse to vandalize your own creative work.

    I have never watched Dr. Who, but I really liked a 2-part drama that he did about 10 years ago called The Second Coming, which imagines, in a highly funny and unorthodox way, the second coming of Jesus Christ to judge and destroy the world.

    Posted by: Seb | Aug 25, 2014 11:51:37 AM

  8. What Rowan, Mike and Seb said...

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 25, 2014 5:54:00 PM

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