Dave Spikey and Ricky Tomlinson on death 'taboo'

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Dave Spikey and Ricky Tomlinson are among the comedians who have contributed to a new short film aimed at breaking the 'taboo' of talking about death.

The pair are joined by fellow comics Jenny Eclair, Ardal O'Hanlon and Shappi Khorsandi, as well as Royal Bolton Hospital consultant and after-dinner speaker Dr Kevin Jones, in contributing to Dying For A Laugh.

The short, which was produced by Royal Bolton's chaplain, the Reverend Kathleen Lacamera, has been put together for Dying Awareness Week 2011.

Mrs Lacamera told BBC North West Tonight that she knew the film wasn't appropriate for every situation, but while there were "risks involved in using humour, I think the risks of saying nothing at all are bigger".

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