Russell T Davies returned to television in triumphant form last night with the debut of interconnected series Cucumber (on Channel 4), Banana (on E4), and Tofu (on 4OD, made by Benjamin Cook). Returning to the theme of his breakout hit, Queer as Folk, Davies’ shows explore the lives of gay men in Manchester, but from different age perspectives than those found in his previous show. Confident, unapologetic, and crucially very funny, it is assured a debut.
Finally, there is Tofu, a documentary series on 4OD all about sex from journalist and youtuber Benjamin Cook. While not tied into the narrative of Cucumber and Banana, Tofu does include the show’s cast members amongst the interviewees. Discussing sex with as much frankness as the show depicts it, Tofu offers an in depth, honest, non-judgemental and entertaining view of sex and sexuality in the same way that Cook’s Becoming Youtube did for the youtube community.