‘Banana’ Episode 8 review: ‘Vanessa and Zara’

The Cucumber gang’s home is no more, and the final episode of Banana digs through the wreckage and tidies up in their wake. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. The episode sees the return of Vanessa (Lynn Hunter), tasked with emptying and cleaning up the building. She is assisted … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 8 review

And so we come to the final episode of Cucumber: the one which, following the events of Episode 7, didn’t seem strictly necessary. Was it worth it? No, but we’ll come to that later. Before that, there is the matter of Henry’s attempts at social engineering, and the fact that – having clearly read too … >

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‘Banana’ Season 1 episode guide

From Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies, E4’s Banana is a series of eight witty, heartfelt and unique stand-alone stories covering different aspects of LGBT life. > Order Banana on DVD on Amazon. Featuring exciting and emerging talent from the fields of acting, writing and directing, Banana offers an intriguing and often unexpected peek … >

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‘Cucumber’ episode guide

Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies returns to Channel 4 with Cucumber, a new drama series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. > Order Cucumber on DVD on Amazon. Cucumber follows 46 year old Henry, played by Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It, Twenty Twelve) and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance, … >

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‘Banana’ Episode 7 review: ‘Aiden and Frank’

I was so ready for this episode of Banana to lift my spirits. I was so ready for Aiden (Dino Fetscher) to get over his superficialities and take a chance with Frank (Alex Frost). I was cheering for them to make it. When they didn’t, it was like one of those punches to the gut … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 7 review

In this penultimate episode of Cucumber, Russell T Davies doesn’t give us what we expect. There’s no knock at the door for Henry or Marie – no sudden, shocked bewilderment at news only half-comprehended. Instead, the action begins on the day of Lance’s funeral and we follow Henry going through the motions of thanking guests … >

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‘Banana’ Episode 6 review: ‘Amy’

I am genuinely and continually amazed with the calibre of talent that Banana has showcased so wonderfully each week. I already admired Charlie Covell for the writing in Helen’s story earlier in the season, and am delighted to see her step in front of the camera as well for this episode. Covell plays Amy, a … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 6 review

Well, you can’t say we weren’t warned. In the opening sequence of this episode, the caption clearly reads, ‘Lance Edward Sullivan, 1966 – 2015’. There was the possibility that this could have been a piece of Russell T Davies misdirection, in the spirit of Rose Tyler’s ‘This is the story of how I died’. But … >

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