185: Pet Shop Boys, Bowie graphic novel, Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5

Dance music guru Ralph Moore of Mixmag and well-dressed journo-about-town Justin Quirk join Andrew and Siân on the Pools Panel of pop culture. This week:


BABYLON BERLIN: Recorded in the German capital, ‘Hotspot’ completes the Pet Shop Boys’ trilogy with superproducer Stuart Price. Are we in for sad bangers, what’s the laser quotient… and can you still rave in your seventh decade? (Spoiler: yes).


CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN OTHER SPECIES’ MISERY: Armando Iannucci’s latest workplace satire is set on a space cruiseliner. Does Avenue 5 – starring Hugh Laurie and Rebecca Front and showing on Sky One and NOW TV from 22 Jan – have the spark and snark of The Thick Of It and Veep?


THE ILLUSTRATED DAME: Does new graphic novel BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns And Moonage Daydreams capture the essence of dear, departed Davy Jones? And can Andrew and Ralph contain themselves re. the gorgeous Ditko/Kirby artwork of Mike Allred?


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