The Wipers Times

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It’s 1916 and Captain Fred Roberts, a diamond prospector-turned-soldier, leads a small detachment of British soldiers through the ruins of Ypres, whereupon he and his men make an amazing discovery in a bombed-out building - an abandoned printing press. Roberts has an idea - why not produce a newspaper? ‘The Wipers Times’ - named after the army slang for Ypres - is filled with spoofs, jokes and subversive comedy and proves a hit with the troops on the Western Front. However, its production and circulation is fraught with peril in the face of wartime horrors and its penchant for lampooning the 'top brass' also incurs the wrath of the humourless Lieutenant-General Howfield, who wants it banned. With the benevolent General Mitford on his side, can Roberts’ comic distraction to the mayhem of war survive?


Cast

Ben Chaplin, Michael Palin, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Director(s)

Andy De Emmony


Duration

1 x 90'

Genre(s)

Film, Drama, Historical, War

Year of Production

2013


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