‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’ first pics: Filming on Russell T Davies’ new LGBT dramas

Various photos of filming on Channel 4′s Cucumber and E4’s Banana have been tweeted online. Currently shooting in Manchester, the two new eight-part drama series are written and created by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk). Exploring “the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life”, Cucumber stars Vincent Franklin (The Thick of … >

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Cast announced for E4 gay life drama ‘Banana’

E4 has revealed the cast for Banana, a new series of stand-alone stories covering “50 shades of gay and beyond”. The eight 30-minute episodes begin filming in Manchester next week, offering “an intriguing and often outrageous peek into the individual lives, loves and losses of a range of characters”. Banana is one of three new … >

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Infographic: Is ‘Doctor Who’ sexist?

A new university study has set out to investigate the writing of female characters on Doctor Who since the show returned to our screens in 2005. The students conducted two major tests – a Bechdel Test, and counting speaking time – on all the post-2005 companions that had completed their tenure in the show (Rose, Martha, Donna … >

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‘Doctor Who’ nearly ended when David Tennant left

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the BBC considered ending the show following David Tennant’s departure. The Scottish actor first appeared as the Tenth Doctor in 2005 and left Doctor Who at the same time as Season 1-4 showrunner Russell T Davies in 2009. Speaking at the Hay Festival, Moffat commented: “I think there … >

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Russell T Davies discusses ‘Doctor Who’ being ‘too soapy’

Doctor Who‘s former showrunner Russell T Davies has responded to the criticisms that his era’s storylines featured more soap than sci-fi. Davies was lead writer on the show between 2005 and 2010. The writer commented on Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round: “I absolutely think [fans with those criticisms] are wrong. I can understand where it is … >

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‘Wizards vs Aliens’: ‘The Curse of Crowe’ review

The latest tale from Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts (‘The Lodger’, ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’) may feel like a retread for its opening ten minutes or so, as if a reminder to the audience of just what Wizards Vs Aliens is all about, but there’s a treat in store after the familiarity.

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