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The Wipers Times (2013)

Not Rated | | War | TV Movie 11 September 2013
Just after World War I, Captain Fred Roberts (Ben Chaplin) 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 ... See full summary »

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Andy De Emmony
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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 World War I, Captain Fred Roberts (Ben Chaplin) 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 (Steve Oram) and with his friend Jack Pearson (Julian Rhind-Tutt) as his assistant, he sets up the Wipers Times - the name coming from the soldiers' pronunciation of the town Ypres. Despite disapproval from officious Lieutenant Colonel Howfield (Ben Daniels), but with backing from sympathetic General Mitford (Sir Michael Palin), 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 awarded gallantry medals, but when Roberts is only offered the job of crossword ... 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 its French name of "Ypres" and they found the correct name hard to say. See more »

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[the soldiers have found a printing press in an abandoned building in the town that they are patrolling]
Pearson: What are we going to do with it?
Roberts: We're going to "borrow" it.
Pearson: Isn't that looting?
Roberts: No, it's "temporary requisitioning of civilian facilities for military purposes".
Pearson: Oh. Sounds like looting.
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If You're Waking Call Me Early, Call Me Early, Sergeant Dear
Performed by Ben Chaplin
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The funny side of war
9 July 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Wipers Times is written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and based on a true story when in 1916 Captain Roberts, Lieutenant Pearson and their men find and commandeer an old printing press and publish issues of a satirical magazine while under fire in the trenches from Harry Hun. The name of the rag is derived from Ypres which some of the troops could not pronounce.

The satire is punched home by some sepia tinged sketches bringing a music hall feel. Just as in the film Good Morning Vietnam the superiors are not impressed by the anarchic humour especially against the officers who are sitting far, far behind the soldiers in the trenches.

The only exception being the offbeat and shrewd General played by Michael Palin who recognises that behind the irreverent tone is courage, bravery and soldiers just making the best of the mayhem.

This is a low budget made for television film starring Ben Chaplin and Julian Rhind-Tutt who act like they are free wheeling it in order to keep in with the satirical tone.

It makes a change from the slew of films we have recently had about The Great War which has the theme of war is hell and so many young men died.


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