We are very excited that there is going to be quality LGBT programming for us this year. The first of that starts this January with Cucumber and Banana are two original drama series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life, while Tofu is an online documentary series that explores all facets of contemporary sex culture.
Russell has explained "I once read about a scientific institute which had studied the male erection. It divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama. And it's a joy to be back with Channel 4 and RED, to tell these stories."
The conceptual activity appears across Channel 4, E4 and online and forms part of a wider campaign.
Whilst Cucumber is focused on Gay Male culture, Banana will incorporate a number of LBQ specific storylines in its epsiodes, which are standalone.
4Creative’s Business Director Nik Windsor explains “The show names do a huge job for us in creating interest and speculation and about what ‘Cucumber, Banana & Tofu’ could be and creatively, it’s a gift from Russell as they are so phallic.
We wanted to create just the right mixture of fruitiness and sexual innuendo – but if you see it, it’s just your own dirty mind.
The overall look and feel of the campaign shouts “something big is coming to Channel 4” and we wanted to ensure that it had a distinctive visual identity, so we chose bright, bold, poppy colours to make sure it grabs people’s attention and stands-out on a dark winter’s day.”