"There’s nothing more uncomfortable than watching television with your boyfriend and a couple on the screen start talking about their sex life and it’s you," the 53-year-old says.
"You suddenly think, ‘Oh, turn over.’ And I think I did that on a massive scale with Cucumber."
Despite the criticisms levelled at the show, Russell believes the portrayal of LGBT stories on screen remains a vital part of programming.
"Our vast back culture of literature, which is a wonderful thing to have in a society, is devoid of gay people. We don't exist," he says. "Our men and our women are not in there."Listen to the full interview with Paul O’Grady in episode two of ‘Attitude Heroes’ – available to download free from iTunes or other podcast platforms now. Attitude Heroes is produced by Wisebuddah and sponsored by the GREAT Britain campaign, which welcomes the world to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK. More stories: '100 arrested, 3 dead' as Chechen authorities launch terrifying anti-gay purge Kylie Minogue refused to cut gay kisses from 'All the Lovers' music video, director reveals