It's official: The Brits are taking over Logo next month -- in all their beautifully-accented, sexual-innuendo-laden ways.
Last week, viewers were given a surprise taste of Cucumber and Banana, the two new interconnected shows from Russell T. Davies, the creator of Queer As Folk. After the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race, Logo aired the first episode of each series,and we can see why they've been causing such a buzz across the pond.
The first series to air was Cucumber, an hour-long show about long-term partners Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri), who are more than settled into their relationship. Fearing a lack of spontaneity and spark, Lance attempts to spice things up with a series of well-intentioned gestures, which ultimately fail spectacularly.
The Cucumber premiere was immediately followed by Banana, a second series with half-hour episodes focusing on the younger generation that orbits around Cucumber's lead characters. While the older men struggle with committed relationships, career paths, and wandering eyes, twenty-year-olds Dean Monroe (Fisayo Akinade) and Freddie Baxter (Freddie Fox) have much more immediate concerns: housing and hookups. Whenever they're not busy on Grindr, Dean and Freddie, who are technically squatters, seek Henry's advice on all sorts of topics.
Both shows offer a refreshingly realistic representation of today's gay world. The way the two series fit together (Banana picks up directly from scenes first seen in Cucumber) is smart and entertaining, and the show's cross-generational theme allows for a more holistic depiction of modern gay life, with a cast that's diverse racially and sexually --the characters span the entire LGBT spectrum.
Bottom line: Cucumber and Banana are about sex, and if the first episodes are anything to go by, things promise to get very racy.