The Wipers Times


The Wipers Times (2013)



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It's 1916 and British Captain Fred Roberts (Ben Chaplin,The Thin Red Line) and his detachment discover an abandoned printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium. Roberts has an idea - he will produce a newspaper to raise the spirits of his soldiers. They call it The Wipers Times - after the army slang for Ypres - and fill it with spoofs, jokes, and subversive comedy.

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Ben Chaplin
as Fred Roberts
Julian Rhind-Tutt
as Jack Pearson
Michael Palin
as General Mitford
Ben Daniels
as Colonel Howfield
Emilia Fox
as Kate Roberts
Steve Oram
as Sergeant Harris
Jared Cook
as Henderson
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Critic Reviews for The Wipers Times

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

It's an extraordinary true story. Funny, sad, and peculiarly British. And told with an affectionate twinkle. Lovely.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's a quietly remarkable story, told with respect and, appropriately, irreverence.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Even fleshed out with free-standing cabaret-style sketches, at 90 minutes this sometimes felt as long as waiting for the war to end all wars itself to end.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A neat way to portray the partnership's comic material.

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Despite the limitations of a TV budget and scope, this is a well-acted account of a lesser-known story of World War I.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It was a shame to cram so much great material into a one-off. And it's a worse shame that, if Ian Hislop can write like this, he so often prefers to waste his talent on repetitive panel games.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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