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

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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...

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'Cucumber' Star Freddie Fox Won't Say If He's Gay or Straight: 'Some Time in My Life I Might Fall in Love with a Man'

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Actor Freddie Fox, the star of Russell T. Davies' upcoming gay drama Cucumber, was reluctant to define his sexuality in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, saying "I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say ’I am this or I am that’, because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man."

Freddie  fox“I hope that I am the type of person who would fall in love with another person, as opposed to a sex. Most of my life to date has been as a straight man, but who knows what will happen next?

“It sounds evasive, but I don’t think you can necessarily say you’re one thing or another until you’re 100 years old and you’ve done it all.”

Fox, 25, who said he has played a host of character on screen for which “sexuality is the watchword”, added there was still a stigma about the concept of bisexuality.

“A lot of people will hear that and think it means, ’Well, he’s gay and just excusing it’, or ’He’s been with his girlfriend for a really long time and just wants to change things’,” he said.

“It’s often seen as an excuse that you’re going through a phase of one thing or another. Whereas in fact I would strongly suggest that’s probably not the case for a lot of people.

“Appreciation of both sexes is actually not new; it’s incredibly old it’s Roman, it’s Greek, and it is something people can do throughout an entire lifetime, having hugely meaningful relationships, no matter what sex they are.”

Cucumber, which premieres on UK's Channel 4 this Thursday, looks at gay life across different generations and stars Vincent Franklin as a 46-year old man going through a relationship break-up and Fox as the young object of his desires.

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New Trailer For Inter-Connected Trilogy Series Cucumber, Banana And Tofu Debuts: VIDEO

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Russell T. Davies, the creator of the UK series Queer as Folk, is coming back to TV with his new series Cucumber, Banana and Tofu; an interconnected trilogy series about love, sex and relationships spread across three different television channels. The trilogy premieres in January on Channel 4 (Cucumber), E4 (Banana) and 4oD (Tofu). Cucumber and Banana is also airing in the states on LOGO next year. The trailer is slightly work-unfriendly with light nudity; watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK's Risque Gay Drama 'Cucumber' Gets a Phallic-filled Teaser Trailer: VIDEO

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Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies has a new gay drama set to air on Channel 4 next year that is reportedly so risqué it "wouldn't get past an American network." And now a teaser for the show has been released online that is sure to get all the stateside prudes sweating.

Towleroad's Jim Redmond wrote back in August about Cucumber and its tie-in shows:

Franklin_FoxSet to be aired next year, Cucumber looks at gay life across different generations and stars Vincent Franklin as a 46-year old man going through a relationship break-up, and Freddie Fox 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," said Davies.

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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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