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Patrick Barkham on why train drivers aren’t seeing the funny side of suicide

‘Let’s set a comic caper on the London Underground. Two people are killed under a train. In a slapstick way! Let’s say if its driver kills a third he can retire with 10 years’ salary in compensation. So he goes out to find a suicidal alcoholic he can pay to jump under his train. Brilliant!”

It is depressingly easy to imagine the brainstorming process behind the film Three and Out. This week train drivers took the unusual step of protesting outside the movie’s premiere and challenging its star, Mackenzie Crook, about the comic potential of suicide.

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