Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Gay Old Time; Sixteen Years after the Game-Changing Queer as Folk, Russell T Davies'sharp Study of a Middlle-Aged Homosexual Couple in the Midst of a Midlife Crisis Is a Comic Joy PICK OF THE DAY Cucumber (9Pm Channel 4)/ Banana (10Pm E4 )

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Gay Old Time; Sixteen Years after the Game-Changing Queer as Folk, Russell T Davies'sharp Study of a Middlle-Aged Homosexual Couple in the Midst of a Midlife Crisis Is a Comic Joy PICK OF THE DAY Cucumber (9Pm Channel 4)/ Banana (10Pm E4 )

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WHY, you might well be wondering has Russell T Davies named the three parts of his new interlinked trilogy Cucumber, Banana and Tofu? I'm very glad you T asked. All is revealed in the opening sequence of Cucumber which finds its central character Henry (Vincent Franklin) cruising the aisles of his local supermarket.

It's a lively intro which will quickly tell you whether Cucumber's exuberant fruitiness is likely to be your cup of tea or not. It might also leave you wondering: Where the hell does Henry do his shopping and do they do loyalty cards? Sixteen years after Davies' Queer As Folk shook up the TV landscape, Cucumber and Banana explore gay life in 21st century Manchester in hilarious, joyous, and blackly comic detail. (The third part, Tofu T is an online documentary). Anyone expecting more in the vein of Dr Who from the man who reinvented the Time Lord, is likely to be in for a bit of a shock, in other words.

Franklin, best known as the Tory T Spin-doctor Stewart Pearson in The Thick Of It, and the bloke in Twenty Twelve who started every sentence who started every sentence Twith the words, "As a Yorkshireman Y " is absolutely terrific as 46-year-old insurance worker Henry. …

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