Logo TV is adding a pair of scripted series to its 2015 slate.
The network has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide North America to co-produce two new dramas, “Cucumber” and “Banana,” both from “Doctor Who” and “Queer As Folk” writer Russell T. Davies.
The interconnected series will explore 21st century gay life from the perspective of two different generations. Set in an urban Manchester, England, “Cucumber” will dive into the ups and downs of Henry Best and his longtime boyfriend, Lance Sullivan. “Banana” will follow the lives of younger characters surrounding Henry’s world. The half-hour “Banana” will delve into the backstories of characters briefly introduced in the hourlong companion series “Cucumber.”
“Whether he’s reinventing ‘Doctor Who’ for a whole new generation, or creating riveting gay and lesbian characters on the original ‘Queer as Folk,’ Russell T. Davies always pushes television forward,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV and Logo TV.
While the cabler hasn’t had much scripted programming in the past, Davies’ vision for the interwoven stories spanning generations was a strong draw for the cabler that targets the LGBT demo. Logo execs hope the shows will be critical darlings and draw a different type of viewer to the channel.
Logo TV has a longstanding relationship with BBC Worldwide, which partners frequently with American networks, co-producing for HBO, Showtime, AMC, Sundance and Starz to name a few.
Vincent Franklin (“The Thick of It,” “Twenty Twelve,” BBC), Julie Hesmondhalgh (“Coronation Street”), Freddie Fox (“Pride,” “The Three Musketeers”), Cyril Nri (“The Bill”) and James Murray (“Defiance”) round out the cast.
Both series are produced by Red Production Company, in association with Channel 4 and Logo TV.