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Squid Game: Police reassure motorists M4 road sign will not direct drivers to killer game

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/10/2021 Laura Sharman
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Police had to reassure drivers that a new motorway sign will not direct them to the Netflix Squid Game.

Thames Valley Police joked that the sign is not a deadly diversion despite having an uncanny resemblance to the symbols that spell out the name of the game in the Korean drama.

The yellow sign, displayed at Junction 5 on the M4 near Slough, features a triangle, square and circle with an arrow pointing left.

It is the same set of shapes used as a logo in the Netflix sensation which has become the biggest series launch on the platform, watched by 111 million users in its first month.

On UK roads, the sign is used to direct HGVs.

Thames Valley Road Policing posted on Twitter: “It’s just directions for diversion routes during the road works. Phew!”

The record breaking dystopian show knocked period drama Bridgerton off the top spot which held the previous record at 82 million household views.

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Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, it follows downtrodden people who are invited to take part in a mystery game for large sums of money.

Squid Game is Netflix’s first Korean programme to become the most popular series in the US and follows from the company’s efforts to increase its offering of international shows.

Minyoung Kim, Netflix’s vice president of content for Korea, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said Squid Game “has broken through beyond our wildest dreams.”

She told CNN: “When we first started investing in Korean series and films in 2015, we knew we wanted to make world-class stories for the core K-content fans across Asia and the world.”

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