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Cucumber or Banana?

No, we're not being rude...

The cast have finally been announced for Russell T Davies' long-mooted 'more gay men' drama.

Eight-part series Cucumber - for that is what it's called - comes to Channel 4 in 2015 and is joined by E4 series Banana, and an online/4oD series, Tofu.

The cast includes Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It) as Henry and Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street) as Cleo. Cucumber promises to 'explore the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life'.

Here's a brief synopsis:

Life for 46 year old Henry (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend Lance (Cyril Nri) is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history - involving a threesome, two police cars, and Bony M - Henry's old life shatters, and his new life begins.

While Lance gets to know the mysterious Daniel (James Murray), Henry soon finds himself with unexpected companions. 24-year-old Freddie (Freddie Fox) and 19-year-old Dean (Fisayo Akinade) have only been passing strangers, until now. But when they all find themselves under the same roof, they need to work out; are they friends or enemies? Can men from such different generations ever get on?  

Henry’s sister Cleo (Julie Hesmondhalgh) is busy, professional, and a little chaotic. But coping with her three kids is easy compared to helping her brother. And as Henry’s life heads in extraordinary new directions, helped by his nephew Adam (Ceallach Spellman), it becomes clear that Cleo's hiding one or two secrets of her own...


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