‘Cucumber’ Episode 4 review

Finally, after years spent traversing the space-time vortex, Russell T Davies gets to write a scene of two men, sat at a table, talking about relationships. As Henry (Vincent Franklin) opens up to newcomer Leigh (Phaldut Sharma) about his fears of sex and fears of men, the character visibly softens, beginning the journey perhaps towards … >

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‘Banana’ Episode 3 review: ‘Violet and Sian’

There’s an old joke that was told to me by a former girlfriend many years ago: what do two women do on their second date? They hire a moving van. While I’m typically inclined to roll my eyes at any such a stereotype, this does apply itself to Banana’s third episode with staggering accuracy. The … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 3 review

Say what you like about Russell T Davies as a writer, he doesn’t crave anyone’s approval. Tackling the unsettling topic of teacher-pupil grooming this week, Davies eschews sermonising – and avoids Queer as Folk territory – by showing the retrospective consequences of such an affair. A game of sexual cat and mouse is played between … >

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Russell T Davies’s ‘Cucumber’ has ‘an end’

Writer Russell T Davies has confirmed that he only plans for his new Channel 4 series Cucumber to run for one season. Starring Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It) and Cyril Nri (The Bill), the eight-part drama about the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life launched last week. > Order Cucumber on DVD on … >

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‘Banana’ Episode 2 review: ‘Scotty’

The second episode of E4’s Cucumber spin-off Banana manages to impress as much as the first, with Scotty (Letitia Wright) starring in tale of beauty and the consequences of misplaced love. When she catches a glimpse of a woman’s kindness in the supermarket, Scotty falls in love, but instead of just approaching the most beautiful … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 2 review

First off – if you haven’t yet seen this week’s Banana, stop reading this review and go and watch it now. Cleverly resolved and with characters you root for, it has a touching charm that marks it out as something rather special, even by Russell T Davies’s high standards. In fact, whisper it gently, but … >

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‘Banana’ Episode 1 review

Russell T Davies’ new E4 series Banana explodes into the world with a slice of life that’s sweet and funny – so much so that at least twice, I laughed so loudly that I may have alarmed the neighbours. The episode’s hero is Dean (played by the stunningly brilliant Fisayo Akinade) audaciously sexual – soon … >

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‘Cucumber’ Episode 1 review

The opening scene of Cucumber sets out writer Russell T Davies’s stall. Taking Carry On level innuendo up several notches for the Tinder and Grindr generation, if you don’t like brazenly suggestive shots of cucumbers, bananas and men in tight jeans, then you’re in the wrong place. As middle-aged Henry (Vincent Franklin) walks around his … >

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‘Cucumber’, ‘Banana’ and ‘Tofu’ preview: Our verdict on Russell T Davies’ return

Hello, faithful viewer. If, like us, you have missed the bawdy, big-hearted voice of Russell T Davies on our screens, then his forthcoming ‘sex triptych’ of Cucumber, Banana and Tofu is so audaciously, proudly Russell, it’s like getting an injection of pure filth straight into the eyeball. Cucumber, the centrepiece drama tells the story of … >

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