Cucumber: Series 1 (2015)

Series 1

Critics Consensus

Cucumber veers away from stereotypes, addressing themes of aging, sexuality and love with a touching and realistic representation of the LGBT community.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 74
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Air date: Apr 13, 2015
Air date: Apr 20, 2015
Air date: Apr 27, 2015
Air date: May 4, 2015
Air date: May 11, 2015
Air date: May 18, 2015
Air date: May 25, 2015
Air date: Jun 1, 2015

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Tv Season Info


Vincent Franklin
as Henry Best
Freddie Fox
as Freddie Baxter
Cyril Nri
as Lance Sullivan
Fisayo Akinade
as Dean Monroe
Letitia Wright
as Vivienne Scott
Julie Hesmondhalgh
as Cleo Whitaker
Ceallach Spellman
as Adam Whitaker
Con O'Neill
as Cliff Costello
Anjli Mohindra
as Veronica Chandra
Anjli Mohindra
as Veronica Chandra
Emmanuella Cole
as Constance Sullivan
James Murray
as Daniel Coltrane
Adjoa Andoh
as Marie Sullivan
Rufus Hound
as Rupert Fuller
Sagar Arya
as Sunil Merchandani
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Critic Reviews for Cucumber Series 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (9)

This rare combination of smarts and sparkle has long been a hallmark of creator Russell T. Davies' work.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The actors live up to the writing.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It expands beautifully from the stereotypes, ultimately giving us portraits of very specific men and women and their very human trepidations regarding aging, attachment, self-esteem, and romance.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Don't blame me if your next trip down the produce aisle carries more subtext than usual.

Apr 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Stories in film and TV so often focus on young gays and/or the coming out process, which makes Cucumber somewhat unique with its focus on an older, perhaps more inhibited generation of characters.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The single best episode, the sixth, is like nothing else I've seen this year; I won't spoil it, but will say that it made me sob.

Jun 2, 2015 | Full Review…

There's nothing wrong with the complacency-upending discomfort Davies is going for, but it frequently feels shrill and ill-thought-out.

Apr 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Both shows [Cucumber and Banana]... are watchable and fun.

Apr 14, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The premiere is a smart, deft character study, and it just sets things in motion. Cucumber takes after Henry that way.

Apr 14, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Henry's] rapidly cascading midlife crisis, while gay in its details, may resonate painfully with middle-age men of all orientations.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Davies, 51, writes the older characters with the tenderness of experience.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cucumber: Series 1

  • Mar 01, 2018
    The story itself is well thought out and tackles the challenges of living as a gay man in modern day Britain. The comedy is ever present and the script is beautifully crafted. The main character of Henry was quite dull to watch however, would have been more interesting if the series had focused on Lance or Freddie.
  • May 22, 2015
    The characters are shallow, unlikable, and worse of all, they are not interesting.
  • May 20, 2015
    The show with the murderer in it ruined it for me. It was a very disturbing and typical story line depicted in most gay movies, where a gay must always be murdered for being gay. It actually jumped the shark by not keeping with the tone of the show.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    Better than HBO's "Looking" but still full of stereotypes. But maybe that's the way everyone sees this community. While it really is a comedy the storyline of the main character is ridiculous on many levels.
  • Apr 21, 2015

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