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Vincent Franklin ...  Henry Best 8 episodes, 2015
Julie Hesmondhalgh ...  Cleo Whitaker 8 episodes, 2015
Fisayo Akinade ...  Dean Monroe 7 episodes, 2015
Freddie Fox ...  Freddie Baxter 7 episodes, 2015
Ceallach Spellman ...  Adam Whitaker 7 episodes, 2015
Eleanor Worthington-Cox ...  Molly Whitaker 7 episodes, 2015
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ...  Lance Sullivan 6 episodes, 2015
James Murray ...  Daniel Coltrane 6 episodes, 2015
Anjli Mohindra ...  Veronica Chandra 6 episodes, 2015
Con O'Neill ...  Cliff Costello 5 episodes, 2015
Matthew Bailey Matthew Bailey ...  Tomasz 5 episodes, 2015
Miles Higson Miles Higson ...  Beanie 5 episodes, 2015
Letitia Wright ...  Vivienne Scott 4 episodes, 2015
Mike Coombes Mike Coombes ...  Meatballs 4 episodes, 2015
Andy Burke Andy Burke ...  Steve 3 episodes, 2015
Darren Lawrence Darren Lawrence ...  Raymond 3 episodes, 2015
Christian Dixon Christian Dixon ...  Jules 3 episodes, 2015
Jan Uddin ...  Saul 3 episodes, 2015
Jamie Zubairi ...  Max 3 episodes, 2015
Adjoa Andoh ...  Marie / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Bethany Black Bethany Black ...  Helen 3 episodes, 2015
Lynn Hunter ...  Vanessa 3 episodes, 2015
George Kingman George Kingman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2015
Lisa Millett ...  Katrina 2 episodes, 2015
Chris Webster ...  Phil 2 episodes, 2015
Neil Ashton Neil Ashton ...  Nelly 2 episodes, 2015
Red Madrell ...  Floss 2 episodes, 2015
Sharon Duncan-Brewster ...  Maureen 2 episodes, 2015
Phaldut Sharma ...  Leigh 2 episodes, 2015
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Hannah John-Kamen ...  Violet 2 episodes, 2015
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Dino Fetscher ...  Aiden 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Hayden-Smith ...  Billy 2 episodes, 2015
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After causing a man to commit suicide over a misunderstanding and his long term boyfriend proposes, sexually repressed Henry has a breakdown and leaves home to move in with work colleague Dean and love interest Friddie both half his own age; meanwhile his ex, Lance finds a new love with Daniel. Modern life for gay men in the city of Manchester by the mind behind Queer As Folk, writer Russell T. Davies.

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Release Date:

22 January 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cucumber See more »

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(8 episodes)



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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The company HC Clements, which appears in the first episode of "Cucumber", is also a subsidiary business affiliated with Russell T. Davies' version of Doctor Who (2005). It is the company Donna Noble works for when she first meets the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride (2006). See more »


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This Show Holds Up an Unpleasant Mirror to the Reality of Gay Life
19 September 2015 | by Five5CreativeSee all my reviews

Anyone who vilifies this show because they feel it paints a "stereotypical" or "negative" portrait of what gay men are like are either painfully naive or living in denial. This show is not only frighteningly accurate but smartly written, beautifully shot, superbly acted and stylishly edited.

As a 47 year old gay man, I found this (unlike many other gay-themed TV series) to, at long last, finally depict characters with which I am familiar and with whom I identify on many levels.

It's both raw and honest and yet tempers the darker aspects of gay life with humor and respect.

As much as we would like to be perceived as no different than our straight counterparts, the reality is we are different. And for good or ill, most of us gay folk do indeed behave in the manner that is depicted in this show. It was refreshing to not see our lifestyle sugar coated.

In our fight for equality, too often we try to pretend that things are not what they appear. But they are. They always have been, and they always will be. Gay men are, after all, men. And men have a single-mindedness when it comes to behavior and desire. If this show was about straight guys, we'd all say, "Well yeah. Men behave like that." But because it's specifically about gay men, so many would like to say "gay men don't really behave like that." But we do. That is the harsh reality we need to accept.

I've been out since I was 20 years old. In the 27 years of being an out (and proud) gay man, I have seen and encountered all of these characters in my life and still, to this day, see and encounter them. Stop cry-babying that this show perpetuates negative stereotypes. If you don't like what you see in this show, then don't watch the show. But you will see no different in the real world. This is gay life. We love, we lose, we win, we make mistakes and we have sex... a lot of it if we're lucky. And when we're not having sex, we're looking for it. Not because we're gay. But because we're guys. Cucumber depicts what men do and how men behave when those men happen to be gay -- the joy, the misery, the heartache, the loss, the triumphs, the failures, the sex and the never-ending quest for it.

That is the reality of the world we live in. Sorry if you find that harsh. That's what happens when a mirror is held up and you don't like what you see. I personally had no problem with what I saw when I watched this show. I make no apologies for who I am and what I do. I'm far from a minority of one in that respect.

The problem is not with what this show portrays. The problem is that the portrayal is accurate. And that problem is, quite frankly, our problem and no one else's.

Learn to live with it.

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