Logo TV Orders Two Interwoven Dramas from Queer as Folk Creator

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“Fifty shades of gay, and beyond!” is how Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Doctor Who) describes his two new series, Cucumber and Banana, coming soon to Logo TV.

The network on Tuesday announced co-production with the UK’s Channel 4 on the the hour-long Cucumber (pictured) and half-hour Banana, both premiering stateside in early 2015. They’ll first air in the UK in January.

Though both series will feature interwoven characters in Manchester, England, they’ll focus on two different generations. Cucumber will chronicle the slow demise of a nine-year relationship between boyfriends Henry Best and Lance Sullivan, while Banana will expand to include the younger people in Henry’s world, “telling stories of modern love.”

In addition to being on the naughtier side, both dramas will “explore gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories, as well as love beyond labels.”

Cucumber and Banana are groundbreaking for the way they show intertwined narratives from two generations’ different perspectives,” Stephen Friedman, President of MTV and Logo TV, says in a statement. “Even more importantly, the shows tell hilarious, incisive and very human stories.”

Your thoughts on this massive endeavor? Do you fancy yourself a Cucumber, or more of a BananaDrop a comment below.

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16 Comments
  1. crvboy says:

    Now if DirecTV would pickup Logo in HD…

  2. alistaircrane says:

    Come on, RTD, let’s get another season of Torchwood!

    • chris says:

      This needs to,happen torchwois,can’t end on miracle,day which I actually enjoyed, it would have been better if it was 5 or 6 episodes like,children of earth but I,thought it was cool. I don’t see this happening anytime soon though as John barrowman is a series regular on arrow and eve Myles is on the coming season of Gillian,Anderson’s show, and now Davies is working on these shows

    • Tori says:

      Without Ianto, Tosh, and Owen, it hardly feels like Torchwood anymore though :(

  3. Steven says:

    I love the premise of both of these, but awful titles.

  4. I got a feeling that Logotv will do the American version of Cucumber/Banana for Logotv. I hope that they will just show the original show. I know that Queer As Folk was an USA version of another British hit show. I wish that there is Queer As Folk reunion movie real soon.

    • J.B. says:

      Doubt it. Both of these shows have been in the various production phases for a year or so. If you re-read the article it says “co-production” which usually means both parties are footing the bill to make them. It sounds similar to how Hannibal works. My question is, will they air an edited version with some of the “naughtier” scenes removed?

  5. Geo says:

    Finally, Logo is showing something new. Besides RuPaul, in the last few years Logo’s often been pretty empty of anything besides endless reruns or music video shows. More of the new stuff, please.

  6. lizo says:

    glad to see Davies back to tv.

  7. ScottJ says:

    How can Logo “co-produce” something that was filmed months ago and is all ready to air? Does this simply mean they’ve agreed to pick up some of the cost? Its also a little odd they’re not picking up the third piece which is titled “Tofu” ..although maybe that’s perhaps its a parallel documentary.

  8. J.B. says:

    I’m assuming it is similar to the show Hannibal. France-based Gaumont and NBC split the costs of making the show. Showtime co-produces Penny Dreadful but I don’t recall the name of the other company. Though the shows have in production and are ready to air next year doesn’t mean MTV/Logo weren’t involved before this announcement.

  9. DavidSask says:

    Logo will have the show chopped to pieces with all adult content removed. If they wanted to keep viewers they would show airings of show late night with warnings unedited and chopped prime-time.