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Andrew Hayden-Smith to star in Russell T Davies's E4 series Banana

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Andrew Hayden-Smith has joined the cast of Russell T Davies's new E4 series Banana.

Banana is a new eight-part companion series to Channel 4 drama Cucumber, which also comes from former Doctor Who boss Davies.

Andrew Hayden-Smith

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Andrew Hayden-Smith


Hayden-Smith - who previously starred in Doctor Who - is joined by Hannah John-Kamen (Happy Valley), Letitia Wright (Top Boy), Georgia Henshaw (Waterloo Road) and comedian Bethany Black, who makes her television debut.

Cucumber regulars Freddie Fox (Parade's End) and Fisayo Akinade (Fresh Meat) will also feature in the series.

Banana is a series of eight stand-alone stories, which takes a look at the lives of individual LGBT characters.

Davies has penned three episodes out of eight, and is joined on the writing team by Sue Perkins, Matthew Berry, and newcomers Charlie Covell and Lee Warburton.

Russell T Davies - The Welsh TV producer and writer, behind the BBC's revived Doctor Who, is 49 on Friday.

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Russell T Davies is working on Cucumber, Banana and Tofu for Channel 4


Davies explained: "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."

Banana, Cucumber and online series Tofu are three interlinked shows all exploring 21st century gay life. The trio were commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger and will be made by RED Production Company.

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