Russell T. Davies has had a long string of television hits. After setting Dr. Who on its present course, and successfully bringing its spin-off to American shores with the recently premiered Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz, Davies is setting his sights on creating a new show for Showtime – presently titled Cucumber.
Right now, very little is known about the proposed show – but early reports say that it shares many thematic elements with Davies’ other Showtime hit Queer as Folk.
Queer as Folk originally ran in the UK for two seasons from 1999-2000, with a cast that included names many should be familiar with – given their present television work – such as Aiden Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim).
Once the series ended, Showtime moved to adapt it for the US. With an ensemble cast that included Hal Sparks, Sharon Gless (Burn Notice) and Gale Harold (Hellcats, The Secret Circle), the US Queer as Folk ran for five seasons, and became one of the network’s biggest hits to date.
Like Queer as Folk and Torchwood, Cucumber will have hints from both sides of the pond – though, in this case, the show is intended to air on Showtime, but BBC Worldwide is still producing the proposed program. So, like Torchwood: Miracle Day, can we expect the series to air in several different countries with staggered release dates? With Davies’ far-reaching appeal and recognition, that is certainly not out of the question.
Still, one question does remain: what kind of program is Cucumber? With only one plot-point to go on (it's about gay men) and no cast information, the most telling detail comes from the fact that Davies himself penned the pilot. As the writer reportedly drew from his own experiences for much of the original Queer as Folk concept, the supposed thematic similarities between the two suggest Davies is making a return to material that is more personal and grounded.
After dealing with Daleks, Time Lords and beings from across all-time-and-space for so many years, perhaps he has earned the transition. Davies is credited with writing the first and last episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day (entitled ‘The New World’ and ‘The Blood Line’ respectively), so for fans of his genre work, those could be the last we see from him for some time.
We will be sure to update you with more news from Cucumber as it develops. Meanwhile, Torchwood: Miracle Day is currently airing on Starz.