Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cucumber & Banana series premiere TV billboards...

Love has never been this hard Cucumber and Banana billboard
Fruit and vegetables are getting their chance to shine in the spotlight at the moment, first there was the Stop vegetable abuse billboard for Hustler Hollywood, and then there were these innuendo-laden billboards for Logo's two new interconnecting scripted series, Cucumber & Banana.
Love has never been this hard Cucumber Banana TV billboard
From the brain of Russell T. Davies, the writer and showrunner who revived Doctor Who and brought us the original groundbreaking Queer as Folk series way back in 1999, these two British dramas take a look at modern gay life in Manchester, told from two different, but interweaved perspectives.

Cucumber follows the life of middle-aged 'Henry Best' (Vincent Franklin), whilst the companion series, Banana, focuses on LGBT youth in Manchester.
Cucumber and Banana season 1 billboard Sunset Strip
Cucumber, Banana and Tofu (a accompanying web docu-series in the U.K.) are all named after the same scientific study into male erections which classified them on a hardness scale from tofu, to peeled banana, banana and cucumber. And that's why 'love has never been this hard'.

The large landscape billboard for Cucumber & Banana was photographed along Sunset Boulevard on April 8, 2015, plus the smaller fun ad was snapped further west along the Sunset Strip the next day.
Cucumber & Banana series premiere billboard
Let's hope the two shows can fill the void left now that HBO's Looking has been cancelled (even though there'll be a two-hour TV movie to help wrap things up).

For another great Logo series, be sure to check out all these season promo billboards for RuPaul's Drag Race.
Cucumber and Banana billboard Sunset Strip


  1. American viewers (I'm one) need to be aware that Logo has fogged the nudity, bleeped the strong language, and thus ruined the integrity of these two STUNNING series. Do what my hubby and I did - get an all-region player, order the dvd box set via amazon UK, and see the shows as they were meant to be seen, in all their boundary-breaking raunchy glory. And then take a moment to reflect that they were produced and screened in the UK by Channel 4, a *commercial network*, shown completely unedited, unfogged, uncut, to great critical and audience acclaim, and then take another moment to reflect on how juvenile and infantile and cowardly US tv still is when it comes to authentic depictions of gay (chiefly male) relationships and life. Cucumber and Banana would NEVER be commissioned, financed and aired by NBC, which is the equivalent status in the US of the network support Russell T Davies enjoys in the United Kingdom.

  2. Thanks for your comments. As a British person living in America I did laugh when all the swear words were beeped out and the show altered from how it aired in the UK. Watching both series I preferred the companion Banana episodes, as I found most of the main characters in Cucumber totally unlikable, whereas the diversity of LGBT characters and storylines in Banana were more original and sympathetic.

  3. Oh, I'm a Brit transplant to Los Angeles as well!
    The two series were as much chalk and cheese as cucumber and banana, so I'm unwilling to pit one against the other. Both series seem to me to enhance and support each other beautifully. I thought the characters totally compelling and identifiable, particularly as so many of the cucumber folks resurfaced in banana. It would have been interesting to see it in the UK, one show on Channel 4 and its banana 'counterpart' following on E4. Maybe it's because I'm of an older generation than you(?) - I came out in 1969 - that I identified so completely with the men (and women) of Cucumber, and perhaps because I know and love Manchester (I've worked there a lot in the last 9 years), but I thought that there wasn't a false note in either series. Hmmm... are you actually *in* Hollywood? I live here too. No addresses online but ... near Sunset Gower Studios. Perhaps we've met...

  4. Glad you enjoyed the series (we watched all of it). Maybe it is about perspectives as I'm 40 (live in WEHO) and my main criticism was that Cucumber felt very like the original Queer as Folk, so felt like Russell T Davis was covering a lot of old ground, and after the tales he'd spun on Doctor Who I was expecting more from him I guess.