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'Cucumber' Star Freddie Fox Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: VIDEO

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British actor and soon-to-be Cucumber star Freddie Fox stripped down to his skivvies to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, making sure to also nominate Cucumber's creator, Russell T. Davies (who also created the original Queer as Folk). Davies' latest TV endeavor follows a 46-year old man (Vincent Franklin) going through a break-up who then falls for a younger man, played by Fox. Fox also appears in the film Pride, which follows the unlikely friendship formed between miners and LGBT activists during the 1984 mineworkers strike in Britain.

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UK's Channel 4 Aims To Shock With New Gay Drama 'Cucumber' - VIDEO

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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.

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'Queer As Folk' Scribe Penning Two New Gay Dramas, Web Series For British TV

The brain behind Britain's now fifteen-year-old Queer as Folk will be pumping out two new shows in 2014, and just like that show, it sounds like it'll be all (or at least partially) about sex. Russell T. Davies has penned Cucumber and Banana, companion shows with interrelated characters that will be accompanied by a supplemental program online called Tofu. The delicious trifecta is named after a scientific study Davies once read which "divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber." Sounds promising, right? 

RusselltdaviesThe Hollywood Reporter reports:

Cucumber is eight hour-long episodes for Channel 4 and follows 46-year-old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance.

Life for Henry and Lance is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history -- involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas Album -- Henry's old life shatters, and his new one begins.

On E4, Banana will follow the lives of characters orbiting around Henry in Cucumber, in eight 30-minute episodes.

From young lesbian Scotty's first love to 19-year-old Dean's mysterious family secrets, Banana covers "50 shades of gay, and beyond," Channel 4 said.

Tofu aims to take the experience online with eight factual episodes navigating the landscape of 21st-century sex in its own inimitable way.

The shows, which are still being cast and are set to begin shooting in early 2014, will likely have a great deal of hype surrounding them. Davies is well-known not only for QAF, but also for his work on Doctor Who, a show which has consistently grown in popularity both across the pond and domestically. His collaborators rightly have faith in his ability to deliver on his new shows.

Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger said: "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."


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