‘In the Flesh’ star Luke Newberry among new additions to the cast of E4's gay series 'Banana'

In the Flesh star Luke Newberry has been cast in E4′s new eight-part gay drama series Banana. The 24-year-old actor will star in one of the drama’s standalone 30-minute episodes as Josh, a young law student who has to confront his past.

Newberry’s character will first appear in the show’s Channel 4 companion series Cucumber, before his story is fully explored in a later episode of Banana.

Newberry received a BAFTA nomination earlier this year for his performance as Kieran Walker, a former zombie who is probably gay, in BBC Three’s acclaimed drama In the Flesh.

Describing Banana earlier this year, creator Russel T Davies said: “The joy of Banana is in the beautiful, charming, witty and sometimes heart breaking stories of a wide variety of characters, be they gay, lesbian, transgender or anything in-between. The fact we have a bunch of brilliant and wildly talented young people in it, and making it, will give it even more bite and an exciting edge.”

Channel 4 have also confirmed Rufus Hound will join the cast of Russell T Davies' new series Cucumber. Rufus will play Rupert, a man in hot pursuit of the show's lead character Henry (Vincent Franklin). The pair go on a date, with the night set to end in an unexpected way...

Also joining the cast of Cucumber is Ardal O'Hanlon, best-known for Father Ted and London Irish, and Adjoa Andoh, best-known for roles in Law and Order: UK and Doctor Who. Ardal will play Brian, who goes on a date with Cleo only to find the evening unravelling into old secrets and long-buried truths, while Andoh joins as Lance's sister Marie – a strong, outspoken professional who thinks her brother's boyfriend just isn't good enough for him.

Andrew Hayden-Smith has shared the first picture from the set of E4′s forthcoming gay-themed drama series Banana. Alongside Hayden-Smith, the main Banana cast includes Waterloo Road actress Georgia Henshaw, Top Boy‘s Letitia Right, Hannah John-Kamen from Happy Valley and comedian Bethany Black.

Cucumber and Banana will be accompanied by an online partner show, Tofu, which is described as “an anarchic and entertaining factual series about sex – from gay to straight, and anything in between – inspired by the dramas each week”. All three shows are expected to premiere in early 2015.
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Hopefully this isn't as messy as Queer As Folk UK