Russell T. Davies, the creator of Queer
of Folk, is working on two new drama series “exploring 21st
century gay life.”
According to The
Hollywood Reporter, Davies, who is credited with reviving the
Doctor Who series franchise, has signed a deal with BBC's
Channel 4 for two new dramas, Cucumber and Banana, and
a webseries, Tofu.
Cucumber and Banana will be about the “passions and
pitfalls of 21st century gay life,” while Tofu
will be “an anarchic online guide to sex … inspired by the
All three of the shows' names are
references to the male erection, Davies explained.
“I once read about a scientific
institute which had studied the male 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. And it's a joy to be back with Channel
4 and [UK production banner] RED to tell these stories,” Davies
The 8-episode Cucumber follows
Henry as his “old life shatters, and his new one begins.”
Banana “will follow the lives
of characters orbiting around Henry” in Cucumber. Eight
episodes are also planned for Banana.
Both shows are expected to premiere
sometime next year.