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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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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 »

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Roberts: There are various types of courage, there are many kinds of fear. There are many brands of whisky, there are many makes of beer. There is also rum which sometimes in our need can help us much. But tis whisky whisky whisky and the courage it brings is Dutch
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If You're Waking Call Me Early, Call Me Early, Sergeant Dear
Performed by Ben Chaplin
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do you suffer from optimism?
12 September 2013 | by recrea33See all my reviews

written by the co-editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and it shows. their love of the characters biting satirical humour in the face of the mud bath trenches of Flanders is plain to see and it works wonderfully. some critics have said that the device of punctuating the drama with faithful sketches taken from articles from the wipers times, got in the way of the story. but surely that is the point, humour in the face of a horrible drama. Chaplin as the sinister ringmaster/MC, complete with ghostly, flaking, pancake make up is brilliant, as is his co-star Rhind-Tutt. and there is a nice little cameo from Michael Palin as a sympathetic general. the 'Kermode six laugh test' was surpassed early on. oh, and i choked up a couple of times...

all in an excellent comedy/drama about the futility of war. wholly recommended.


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