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Cucumber 

Modern gay life in Manchester.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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
Karen West Karen West ...  Neighbour 2 episodes, 2015
Anu Hasan ...  Shoona Merchandani 2 episodes, 2015
Hannah John-Kamen ...  Violet 2 episodes, 2015
Georgia Henshaw Georgia Henshaw ...  Sian 2 episodes, 2015
T'Nia Miller ...  Kay 2 episodes, 2015
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ...  Amy 2 episodes, 2015
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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UK

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English

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22 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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Cucumber See more »

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(8 episodes)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Subversive critic of internalizing stereotypes within "gay culture"
10 June 2015 | by a-svozilSee all my reviews

This show is widely criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of gay characters as over-sexed, immature, sleazy and shallow. I could not agree more - the main character (as well as almost everyone on the show) is unlikeable for exactly those reasons. Nevertheless, I feel that the show (just like any other morality tale, which Cucumber basically is) uses its anti-hero to convey a message that is, in its core, a warning. What we see throughout the show, are characters who are unable to truly bond and in a desperate calling for closeness (or is it regaining lost youth, at least for some?) chase after random sex. This chase usually leads them to pathetic begging or self-commodification which, in this fictional universe, is seen as something inescapable and "normal"( like in the subplot with the video- mogul nephew). In effect, their hunger to be loved (via sexual intercourse) leads one of the characters to his death, the other to a existence of vacuous survival and endless desire. The plight of the elder generation is mirrored in the story lines of the young (in Cucumber as well as in its spin- off, Banana), who don't even consider forming any kind of durable bond, let alone expressing any kind of basic human concern (as personified in the truly repulsive character of walking "emptiness behind a pretty face" Freddie.) What I see as emblematic scene of the show is when the protagonist suggests creating a 60'-style commune, only to be met with incomprehension and laughter. The sense of togetherness that once prevailed within the gay culture has been dismantled (is it because of the embracement by the majority culture?),the social interactions take place within a strictly competitive market. Or is it a battleground?

All of this might be lost on some due to the strong comic nature of the show, but to me, the light over-tone of the whole thing only makes the tragedy more approachable to general audience.


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