Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has won the award for innovation for his multi-platform series Cucumber, Banana and Tofu at the prestigious Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
The three series first aired in 2015 on Channel 4, E4 and All4. Cucumber tells the tale of a group of middle-aged men on the Manchester gay scene and is seen as a ‘spiritual successor’, to Davies’s last series for Channel 4, the much-lauded Queer As Folk. Banana on E4 was about a group of younger people across the LGBT spectrum, while Tofu was a seies of online documentaries on the subjects of modern sex and sexuality.
As well as Russell’s award, Doctor Who fan-favourite Suranne Jones, who played Idris in Neil Gaiman’s wonderful 2011 episode The Doctor’s Wife, won the BPG award for best actress for her gripping performance as Doctor Gemma Foster in the superlative 2015 BBC series Doctor Foster.
The BPG Awards are seen in the industry as being prestigious among programme-makers as they are voted for by TV and radio correspondents and critics. The awards have been given since 1974 to recognise outstanding performances and programmes and the awards are only presented to work commissioned in the UK.
Russell T and Suranne Jones are also up for awards at the upcoming Royal Television Society Awards. Gongs will be presented at a star-studded awards ceremony that will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on March 22.
Russell “The” Davies is nominated is the Drama Writer category for the Cucumber. If you missed it when it was broadcast, all of the episodes are available as a box set on Channel 4’s All4 on demand service along with companion series Banana and Tofu.
Suranne Jones is nominated again for her performance as Gemma Foster. Also up for a best actress award is Claire Rushbrook who played Ida Scott in 2006 two-parter The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit.