Logo TV is co-producing, with Channel 4 in UK, two new series from Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Queer As Folk) to air in early 2015. Cucumber and Banana are interwoven drama series that explore 21st century gay life through the lens of two disparate generations. The hourlong Cucumber focuses on the lives and misadventures of Henry Best and his long-suffering boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan. The half-hour Banana will follow the individual lives of younger characters orbiting around Henry’s world, telling stories of modern love – the romantic, the obsessed, the hopeful, the lonely, the lost, and the lucky – in an urban Manchester, England, setting.

“It’s 16 years since I created Queer As Folk, which means I’ve had 16 years to build up new characters, new stories and new insights into our lives,” Davies said in today’s news. “Across both series, we explore gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories, as well as love beyond labels. This is 50 shades of gay, and beyond!”

Cast includes Vincent Franklin (The Thick Of It,  The Bourne Identity), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street), Freddie Fox (Pride, The Three Musketeers), Cyril Nri (The Bill), and James Murray (Defiance). Also featured are Fisayo Akinade in his first major TV role, Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Doctor Who), Luke Newberry (In The Flesh), Letitia Wright (Top Boy), Georgia Henshaw (Waterloo Road) and comedian Bethany Black.

Cucumber and Banana are produced by Red Production Company in association with Channel 4 and Logo TV. BBC Worldwide holds international distribution rights. The deal was brokered by Caroline Stone, VP Drama & Children’s Scripted Sales & Co-productions and BBC Worldwide North America. The two series were commissioned by UK broadcaster Channel 4 and will premiere across the network on Channel 4, E4 and 4oD in January.