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  • The Comic Strip

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  • Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story

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  • Lost in America

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  • Breakdown

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  • Les Dogs

    Les Dogs

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    On this week's Pop Screen Graham and I follow up our chat about Kate Bush's sole directorial effort The Line, The Cross and the Curve with this, her first acting role, in The Comic Strip Presents beautifully dystopic, blackly comic and Godardesque film Les Dogs.

    Did Peter Richardson only cast The Blessed Kate in this so he could kiss her? We're still not sure. But at some stage during our chat about this, one of the more surreal and abstract of The Comic Strip's, we worked out what the fuck was going on. So that was nice.

    Listen to it here or watch on YouTube

  • The Line, the Cross & the Curve

    The Line, the Cross & the Curve

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    Thanks to Stranger Things, The Blessed Kate Bush has rocketed to number one in the charts and into the hearts of a new generation.

    With its finger ever on the pulse, how does The Geek Show's podcast Pop Screen address this cultural phenomenon? That's right, by getting two middle-aged northern blokes who haven't seen a single episode of Stranger Things in their lives. I'm told it's a fantasy, which makes sense as it transpires that it's about a cop in…

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  • I, Daniel Blake

    I, Daniel Blake

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    St Helens Disability Advice and Welfare Network, St Helens Jobcentre, Ashton-In-Makerfield Jobcentre, Huyton Jobcentre, Apex Charitable Trust, Shaw Trust St Helens, Starting Point St Helens.

    Just some of the places I've worked at that involve helping people into work, getting people 'job ready' or dealing with people's benefit claims.

    Jobseekers allowance, Incapacity benefit, Employment and Support allowance, Carers allowance.

    Just some of the benefits I've claimed since (and between) those jobs.

    I've ran jobclubs, CV making courses and jobmatch programmes,…

  • Elephant

    Elephant

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    40 minutes.

    18 killings.

    3 lines of dialogue.

    No structure, seemingly.

    No rhyme or reason, seemingly.

    Just the elephant in the room.

    A brutal uncompromising look at Sectarian assassination that dramatises genuine events and forces you to consider the Troubles in a way that acres of news coverage cannot. Just what is your gut reaction at the end of it? Does the endless cadence of footfall and gunfire go some way to desensitise you or does it make you realise…