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Cucumber, Banana, Tofu Guide to London

Russell T Davies returns to TV drama with a triple whammy: Cucumber, Banana and Tofu!

Find out what all the fuss is about below, and then check out our list of things to do in London – whether you’re feeling Cucumber, Banana or Tofu!

Cucumber

Vincent Franklin, Cyril Nri, James Murray, Freddie Fox, Fisayo Akinade & Julie Hesmondhalgh – not to mention a supporting cast including Rufus Hound & Ardal O’Hanlon – populate RTDs return to prime-time Channel 4.

Henry and Lance endure possibly the worst date night ever – which introduces Lance to Daniel.

Meanwhile, younger-guns Freddie and Dean – unsure if they are friends or enemies – find themselves living under the same roof, and Henry’s sister, Cleo juggles her three kids and busy working life, as well as helping out her brother…

Thursday @ 9pm, C4

Banana

Banana overlaps with Cucumber, but focuses on young lesbian Scotty (Letitia Wright); Dean (Fisayo Akinade), a gay man with some family secrets and a sexually charged encounter with Geordie Man (Andrew Hayden-Smith); Sian (Georgia Henshaw), struggling to choose between her lover Violet (Hannah John-Kamen) and her mum Vanessa (Lynn Hunter); and Helen (Bethany Black), unable to escape the unwanted attention of an ex.

Thursday @ 10pm, E4

Tofu

Tofu, made by YouTuber Benjamin Cook, is a light-hearted documentary series which promises to explore modern sex in all its varied manifestations. Featuring candid chats with members of the public as well as the casts of Cucumber and Banana, Tofu bridges fiction and real life and emphasises the relevance of Cucumber & Banana.

Online Only – 4OD

Feeling Cucumber?

40 is the new 30!

BFI-Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival | 19-29 March

Back for a 29th year – the full programme will be launched on 18 February!

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NATY

The NATYS: New Acts of the Year 2015 | 25 January

New Variety Lives’ annual Top-of-the-Bill new-act showcase, hosted by Arthur Smith and headlined by last year’s winner, Alasdair Beckett-King.

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Bush-Theatre

Bush Theatre 2015 Season

Highlights include Islands, “an ink black comedy about tax havens, enormous greed, and the few who have it all”, and The Royale, a story of early-20th century racial division in the world of heavyweight championship boxing.

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Changing-Britain

Southbank Centre: Changing Britain Festival | 30 January – 9 May

An interrogation of 70 years of British history, focusing on society, culture and politics. Don’t miss Notes to the New Government on May 9th, when we’ll all still be coming to terms with some new hellish Britain of one sort or another…

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Kitchenette

Kitchenette – Ladbroke Grove

Launched in partnership with designer Tom Dixon. Kitchenette hosts new, up-n-coming young food entrepreneurs in rotation – short “pop-up” residencies which help to showcase their ideas, and launch their businesses.

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Duckie

Duckie at The RVT – Every Saturday

20 Years and still going strong! The post-queer performance and events collective that specialise in Good Nights Out continue to pack The RVT every Saturday night!

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Beige

Beige

A FREE culture, fashion, travel and lifestyle magazine and online platform delivering passionate & creative coverage (and pretty boys) to the LGBT community.

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Feeling Banana?

Forever Young!

BFI-Future-Film

BFI Future Film Festival | 20-22 February

The 8th BFI Future Film Festival promises opportunities to connect with the film industry, kick-start your career and develop new and existing skills. Check out the programme: Animation, Fiction & Documentary.

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Invisible-Dot

The Invisible Dot Sexy Valentines Show | 13-14 February

A two-day love-fest with performances from Luke McQueen, Lolly Adefope, Lazy Susan & MORE! Go on, have a laugh on V-Day!

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The-Yard

The Yard Theatre NOW ’15 Festival | 14 April – 20 June

A To Do List favourite, The Yard Theatre’s NOW ’15 features some exciting new, cutting-edge performances, including Just Like Larry Walters by Drunken Chorus; Nine Night by Natacha Bryan, At The Yard by Ponyboy Curtis, and Celebration, Florida by Greg Wohead.

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VAULT

VAULT Festival | 28 January – 8 March

A refreshingly un-themed festival which aims for a conversation with audiences: about inequality in politics, gender and income and anything else that might pop up organically.

Check out our dedicated VAULT Festival Preview!

Pedler

Pedler – Peckham Rye

A unique new independent, vibrant Peckham neighbourhood eatery, with a tasty menu at Peckham-friendly prices! Yet another example of the ongoing Peckhaissance!

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Sink-The-Pink

Sink The Pink

THE antidote to expensive, soulless mega-clubs.

They Say: Each party is themed, decorated, DJed and hosted by Sink The Pinks infamous performance party collective of colourful club kids and fashion trannies.

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Loverboy

Loverboy Magazine

The brainchild of journalist Michael Turnbull, Loverboy aims to provide high-quality, exclusive content aimed at the international Queer community and their interests and passions.

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Feeling Tofu?

Are we on Web 3.0 yet?

Institute-of-Sexology

The Institute of Sexology | Until 20 September

A candid exploration of sex, featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography. Saucy stuff, all in the name of education.

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Richard-Herring

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Yes, podcasts still exist! A spin-off from his Edinburgh Fringe Podcasts, Richard Herring interviews/abuses a different comedy guest each week. Perfect for drowning out the sound of your colleagues/fellow commuters/nattering aunty.

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Digital-Theatre

Digital Theatre

Never leave the house again. At least, not for theatre. Catch up with David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s Much Ado…, Lesley Manville in Ghosts, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Into The Woods and SO MUCH MORE!

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Digital-Shoreditch

Digital Shoreditch | 11-24 May

A celebration of the creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent of the UK, Europe and the whole wide world beyond.

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HELLO-FRESH

Hello Fresh

Did we mention not leaving the house already? Now you can do that AND eat well. Just sign up and get a box delivered each week with the precise ingredients to cook a series of tasty and nutritious meals. YOU NEED NEVER GO TO WAITROSE AGAIN, YOU POOR SODS!

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The-Glory

The Glory

Hoping to establish itself as one of Dalston’s top pubs – and if that means “redefining London’s alternative scene and offering a new queer experience and forward-thinking focal point for all”, well, so be it.

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Attitude

Attitude Online

Yes, every issue seems to be a sex issue or a naked issue of some kind. But Attitude has some good writing, is a great place to find out about new LGBT books and films AND you can subscribe digitally!

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Rupert Dannreuther

About 

I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.