Channel 4′ sister entertainment channel, E4, has premiered one of its three new gay series “Banana” on UK TV at 10pm on Thursday 22 January 2015.
(E4 Trailer for Banana)
Pre-launch show information
Filmed in Manchester by Red Productions (who also produced “Queer As Folk”), each 30 minute episode of the eight part series features a stand-alone story.
Banana claims to cover “50 shades of gay and beyond” by “offering a peek into the individual lives, loves and losses of a range of characters”.
Here’s a precis of the first three episodes from Channel 4:
Episode One (aired Thursday 22 January)
Dean’s 19, with a job, a flat and all the sex he wants. But no matter how fast he runs, his problems are catching up with him…
Episode Two (aired Thursday 29 January)
When Scotty sees Yvonne, it’s love at first sight. But as love turns to obsession, Scotty’s life spirals out of control.
Episode Three (aired Thursday 5 Febuary)
Two lives collide when uptight Sian meets wild-at-heart Violet. Opposites might attract for a while, but how long can this couple last?
The series features Hannah John-Kamen (“Happy Valley”), Letitia Wright (“Top Boy”), Georgia Henshaw (“Waterloo Road”), Andrew Hayden-Smith (“Doctor Who”) and comedian Bethany Black. They are joined by Cucumber actors Freddie Fox (Parade’s End) and Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat).
Three episodes have been written Russell T Davies. Additional episodes have also been written Sue Perkins, Matthew Barry, Charlie Covell and Lee Warburton.
Channel 4 has published interviews with writer Russell T Davies, and Cucumber actors Vincent Franklin and Cyril Nri, Letitia Wright (episode two), Cucumber and Banana actors Freddie Fox and Fisayo Akinade, Bethany Black (episode four) actor Luke Newberry and writer Matthew Barry (episode five) Charlie Covell and T’Nia Miller (episode six), Lee Warburton and Dino Fetscher (episode seven) and Russell T Davies and Lynn Hunter (episode eight).
Channel 4 has also published short bios of the characters of Cucumber and Banana.
According to the Channel 4 Press Office the first episode of Banana had an average audience of 408,000 and an audience share of 2.4%. This is a very good figure for E4.
Banana is released on DVD in the UK on Monday 16 March, both on its own and as a boxset with Cucumber. No Blu-Ray release, it seems, sadly.
The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is the international distributor for the show, and we expect it to be shown in Australia and mainland Europe in due course.