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Modern gay life in Manchester.
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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 ...  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 T'Nia Miller ...  Kay 2 episodes, 2015
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ...  Amy 2 episodes, 2015
Dino Fetscher ...  Aiden 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Hayden-Smith Andrew Hayden-Smith ...  Billy 2 episodes, 2015
Peter Caulfield ...  Francesco 2 episodes, 2015
Mert Degirmendereli Mert Degirmendereli ...  Cezar 2 episodes, 2015
Karl Ng Karl Ng ...  Clubber / ... 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 Rruslsle T. Davis

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English

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22 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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(8 episodes)

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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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Insulting and a huge step backward for our cause
4 March 2015 | by rfinnctSee all my reviews

Saw the premiere for this and its counterpart, "Banana," on Logo and the channel should be ashamed for allowing this garbage on the air... especially after RuPaul's Drag Race which has started to bring in a variety of viewers of all different sexualities and backgrounds.

I will readily admit that it's an interesting premise to have had 2 different shows coming at the same story from different angles. I will also admit that some of the scenes and lines were genuinely funny; but unfortunately those were the only two positives I could find. Like a St. Patrick's Day parade that features only drunk marchers stumbling down the street, you can tell the intent to be comical is there, but it comes at the cost of prolonging untrue and unflattering stereotypes in the eyes of the general public.

Like too many other LGBT-oriented shows and movies, "Cucumber" shamelessly panders to the lowest common denominator. All the characters are unlikeable, vapid, and shallow. I'm no prude, and I'm also no angel, but I found it tedious and kinda offensive that every single scene revolved around sex. Whether it was talking about sex, looking to hook up via social apps, having sex, etc., it's a relentless display of one-note, shallow sexuality. The main character, Lance, is the biggest perpetrator in that he's a middle-aged man who spent the entire episode constantly ogling pretty much every person he encountered... all of which had the stereotypical gay-pretty-boy look, and some bordered on pedophilia because the guys were still teenagers!

Seriously, Logo? In an age where LGBT Americans are struggling to prove that we are just like everyone else and that sex/sexuality doesn't define us, shows like this are a staggering step back. How can we make advances when a program like "Cucumber" perpetuates -- and even validates -- every negative notion that LGBT opponents have of us? I don't expect some unrealistic, whitewashed version of gay life, but at least give us some dimension and don't make us all look like we're sex-crazed deviants.

Perhaps future episodes become less sex-oriented and delve deeper into characters' emotions/motivations/stories, but after that vulgar and insulting opener, I don't think I want to see any more to find out.


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