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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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Complete credited cast:
... Roberts
... Deputy Features Editor (as Patrick Fitzsymons)
... Pearson
... Sergeant Harris
... Dodd
Jarrod Cooke ... Henderson
Colin Ash ... Smith
... Barnes
... Lieutenant Colonel Howfield
... General Mitford
... ADC Bobby
... Winston Churchill
Emma Little Lawless ... Field Nurse (as Emma Little)
... Kate Roberts
Faolan Morgan ... Chaplain


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


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this was suppose to be funny?
14 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

While I did like the history of this mans story, I found the movie to be a bit dry. I'm sure in the historical period, the jokes on this may have been funny, but there is a total loss in translation. The acts and sketches were not funny at all. Wish they would have made this more of a stitch. It would have been nice to realize your audience is not in 1918. Your living in a day with movies like the hang over. The historical sense of the movie is nice, and I guess going for the idea of keeping it historical has some relevance but they movie was not filmed in such a manor. It was filmed in a way that they were hoping for a laugh. Which frankly didn't happen.

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