Comedian Rufus Hound has signed-up to star in new Channel 4 drama Cucumber.

Created by Doctor Who lead writer Russell T Davies, Rufus joins the eight-part series as Rupert.

Cucumber tells the story of 46 year old Henry (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend Lance (Cyril Nri) whose comfortable and settled existence is shattered after the most disastrous date night in history.

Also joining the cast of Cucumber is Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon. The Irish actor famously played Father Dougal in the hit Channel 4 comedy series in the 1990s. Law and Order actor Adjoa Andoh will also join Cucumber, which will star Julie Hesmondhalgh of Coronation Street fame, Freddie Fox and Ceallach Spellman.

A companion series, Banana, which will air on E4, has also announced further names joining the series. BAFTA-nominated actor Luke Newberry and Dion Fetscher, who will take on his first TV role with Banana.

With the same ferocious wit, startling honesty and heartfelt warmth that made Queer As Folk a landmark Channel 4 series, Cucumber will explore the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life for Henry, Lance and co, while on E4, Banana will follow the individual lives of characters orbiting around Henry’s world.

On 4oD, Tofu will be an anarchic and entertaining factual series about sex – from gay to straight, and anything in between – inspired by the dramas each week.

Filming is currently underway in Manchester on Cucumber.

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