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The Wipers Times (2013)

Not Rated | | War | TV Movie 11 September 2013
Just after the First World War Fred Roberts goes for a job as a newspaper journalist and tells the sub-editor how, in the trenches in 1916, he discovered a printing press in working order. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Chaplin ... Roberts
Patrick FitzSymons ... Deputy Features Editor (as Patrick Fitzsymons)
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Pearson
Steve Oram ... Sergeant Harris
Josh O'Connor ... Dodd
Jarrod Cooke Jarrod Cooke ... Henderson
Colin Ash ... Smith
Hugh Skinner ... Barnes
Ben Daniels ... Lieutenant Colonel Howfield
Michael Palin ... General Mitford
Richard Doubleday ... ADC Bobby
Paul Kennedy ... Winston Churchill
Emma Little Lawless Emma Little Lawless ... Field Nurse (as Emma Little)
Emilia Fox ... Kate Roberts
Faolan Morgan Faolan Morgan ... Chaplain
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Just after the First World War Fred Roberts goes for a job as a newspaper journalist and tells the sub-editor how, in the trenches in 1916, he discovered a printing press in working order. Helped by ex-printer Sergeant Harris and with his friend Jack Pearson as his assistant, he sets up the Wipers Times - the name coming from the soldiers' pronunciation of the town Ypres. Despite disapproval from officious Colonel Howfield but with backing from sympathetic General Mitford they produce twenty-three issues of a satirical magazine - its articles represented on screen in black and white - which boosts morale and even gets mentioned in the Tatler. The press is destroyed by a German shell but another is found and the paper's title changed to fit in with wherever the regiment is deployed. Pearson and Roberts are both awarded gallantry medals but when Roberts is only offered the job of crossword compiler by the sub-editor he moves to Canada as a prospector while Pearson marries and opens a ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2013 (UK) See more »

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"Wipers" was the nickname that British soldiers during World War I used for the Belgian Flemish city of Ieper, which was known by its French name of "Ypres" and they found the correct name hard to say. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Colonel Howfield: Is there anything more dangerous to a soldier than idle hands?
Roberts: No sir! apart from gas and flamethrowers.
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If You Were the Only Girl in the World
Written by Clifford Grey and Nat Ayer (as Nat D Ayer)
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp on behalf of
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Creative, funny and extremely moving true World War I story.
28 May 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Co written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman this tells the story of Fred Roberts and his lieutenant and friend Jack Pearson. While based in Ypres, Belgium they discover a near working printing press. Their Sergeant used to work in newspapers and with his help they set up a satirical magazine and name it 'The Wipers Times' – in honour of the way 'Tommie's pronounce Ypres.

They go for the ludicrous – where ever possible - and often take a swipe at those in command, but the paper is a hit and soon they are getting noticed. This is set during the destruction and slaughter of World War I and that is included in the film, as well as mustard gas, food shortages and the filth of the trenches. The film recreates some of the sketches from the papers as black and white pieces using the same characters and this adds to the surreal nature of the paper and how it was a break from reality for those that read it.

Starring Ben Chaplin as Roberts and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Pearson who are both perfect castings for their respective roles, this was produced by the BBC to mark the anniversary of 'The Great War', along with other memorable films and series. This I felt was one of the best and dealt with an aspect of war that is often missed out, at one time it is said that 'war is nothing more than wallowing in a dirty ditch'; well this proved that humour could take men out of that ditch if even for a short time. Absolutely recommended and a credit to all involved in its production.


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