‘Queer As Folk’ and ‘Cucumber’ Creator Russell T Davies Wants More Full Frontal Male Nudity on Television: VIDEO


Russell T Davies, the man behind Queer as Folk, the 2005 revivial of Doctor Who and the new UK gay drama Cucumber, talks in a new interview with The Telegraph about the appaling lack of male nudity on television today:

Davies“There is not enough male frontal nudity on TV,” he says. “You’re far more likely to see a naked woman than a naked man. It’s only [seen as] rude because the rest of television is rather tame – it doesn’t actually talk about sex and our bodies and how we feel about them. I’m not out to shock.”

Davies also discussed his desire to bring more diverse gay realities to the screen, which he is helping accomplish with Cucumber's main star Henry (played by Vincent Franklin, pictured below) who has a fear of anal sex.

Cucumber2“It’s one of the great unspoken truths about gay life which is completely true,” explains the 51-year-old Davies. “Gay culture is seen to be all about anal sex, yet an awful lot of men have a fear of it and there is a silence about it. It’s the one thing I can’t wait for transmission for, to see if people stand up and say, 'That’s me.'"

Check out the full interview here in which Davies also dives into how he would like to see homosexuality addressed in action films and children's entertainment.  

Cucumber airs tonight on the UK's Channel 4. Check out a trailer for the show, AFTER THE JUMP





So how would Davies go about making gay life standard on screen? He would like to see homosexuality addressed in action films (“Could Iron Man not have a gay friend?”) and, more controversially, in children’s films. In fact, the only time Davies becomes remotely heated during our conversation is when talking about what he describes as a “nasty little gag” in Toy Story 3, when Barbie’s friend Ken posts a letter written in pink pen and covered in glitter and the other characters roll their eyes. “You can say it’s not appropriate to address sexuality in kids’ movies, but then why the Ken joke?’ he says. “I get wound up about children’s stuff, because if you’re visible to the young in a harmless and intelligent way, that will stop them developing homophobic attitudes.”

Though in many ways a sort of Cold Feet which ruminates on what it means to be gay and on the cusp of middle age, the drama looks at elements of gay life which have never made their way into mainstream drama. For example, from the outset, we learn that Henry has a fear of anal sex.

The only person Davies has ever heard speak publicly about it is Stephen Fry, in the October 2013 documentary Out There. “I was holding up my hands in horror at the screen, going ‘That’s my subject!’”

With these series Davies does not feel he is breaking taboos, merely trying to normalise certain aspects of life. Take the male form, for example. 


  1. peter says

    As far as comedies are concerned. If great comedy is written as the Brits do it, one doesn’t need full male frontal nudity. If you want it, watch a porn flik.

  2. iban4yesu says

    couldn’t care less what this racist has to say…:
    Queer as f&ck was a bloody vile show, especially on the 1st season. that damn Asian character, an butt ugly, two timing, socially and culturally offensive (that would be the understatement of the century) boywhore as an ongoing joke of the most evil racial stereotype, would foreshadow the apparently lingering prob on Dr. Whitchever. :



  3. eunshcin says

    If it means less female nudity on “Girls” then I say yes. Although, honestly if i do want to see full nudity, i will watch porn. Its gratuitous to have full frontal nudity on TV unless it really is an integral part of the story.

  4. GregV says

    @eunschin: There is virtually no gratuitous nudity on US broadcast TV. There are, in fact, gratuitous clothes in situations where not everyone would be clothed in true-to-life situations.
    In real life, in a shower room with 20 team members, some or most are naked. In real life, a lot of men turn on the coffee pot or eat breakfast at home in their briefs. A lot of men will chat with a brother or friend while changing pants. Not every bathroom has opaque shower curtains or plants and vases in the eyeline of the crotch.
    Hollywood has created fake worlds where gratuitous clothes are added to situations where people would be naked or less-clothed in real life. It distracts from a sense of realism in the same way it does when women wake up with perfect hair and unsmudged make-up or a 1990’s landmark building shows up in a scene that takes place in the 1960’s.
    A locker room where everyone is in sweats or wearing towels around their waist is an eye-rolling reminder that it’s all a fake world designed to be acceptable to the church ladies in Peoria.

  5. says

    Another television invention – the “L-shaped bedsheet.” Post-coital dialog between the woman and the man – the vertical component of the L-shaped white sheet covers her up to her breasts, showing, at best, a hint of cleavage. The horizontal side of the blanket covers the man only at or a little below the belly button. But not if his treasure trail is unshaved. Fetish porn is the complete opposite. In leather, for instance, a man may be covered from head to toe with leather, but with holes cut out so the genitalia can jut out.

  6. reggie777 says

    Don’t get too attached to the characters. He’ll kill them off and call it “drama”. Yes, I am referring to Ianto. LOL