Russell T. Davies, Mastermind Behind “Doctor Who,” “Queer As Folk,” Creating Two New Gay Shows

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Russell T. Davies is knownas the man who brought Doctor Who into the 21th century and broke television boundaries with the original British Queer as Folk. He also produced UK shows like Torchwood, which gave us omnisexual Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), and Bob & Rose, about the knotty romantic relationship between a gay man and a straight woman.

Now Davies is prepping two new series for Britain’s Channel 4 and its youth-orientated sister channel, E4—and they sound about as gay as purse full of rainbows.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Cucumber is eight hour-long episodes for Channel 4 and follows 46-year-old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance.

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Life for Henry and Lance is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history — involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas Album — Henry’s old life shatters, and his new one begins.

On E4, Banana will follow the lives of characters orbiting around Henry in Cucumber, in eight 30-minute episodes.

From young lesbian Scotty’s first love to 19-year-old Dean’s mysterious family secrets, Banana covers “50 shades of gay, and beyond,” Channel 4 said.

A supplementary web series, Tofu,  will offer eight additional episodes exploring contemporary sex and sexuality.

“No one can look into the heart and soul of modern relationships quite like Russell,” says  Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger. And across Channel 4, E4 and online, he paints an unflinching and forensic portrait of how our sex lives affect us all. It might be 15 years since Queer as Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait.”



Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.