The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times (2013)

In dark times, they chose to make light

  • Genre: Comedy, War, Drama, TV Movie
  • Release Date: 2013-09-11
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 22 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: BBC
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Andy de Emmony
star 6.3/10
From 22 Ratings


When Captain Fred Roberts discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium in 1916, he decided to publish a satirical magazine called The Wipers Times - "Wipers" being army slang for Ypres. Full of gallows humour, The Wipers Times was poignant, subversive and very funny. Produced literally under enemy fire and defying both authority and gas attacks, the magazine proved a huge success with the troops on the western front. It was, above all, a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. In his spare time, Roberts also managed to win the Military Cross for gallantry.

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  • Ben Chaplin

    as Roberts
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt

    as Pearson
  • Michael Palin

    as General Mitford
  • Emilia Fox

    as Kate Roberts
  • Ben Daniels

    as Lieutenant Colonel Howfield
  • Josh O'Connor

    as Dodd
  • Steve Oram

    as Sergeant Harris
  • Patrick Fitzsymons

    as Deputy Features Editor
  • Jarrod Cooke

    as Henderson
  • Colin Ash

    as Smith
  • Hugh Skinner

    as Barnes
  • Richard Doubleday

    as ADC Bobby
  • Paul Kennedy

    as Winston Churchill
  • Emma Little

    as Field Nurse
  • Faolan Morgan

    as Chaplain
Writing Ian Hislop Writer
Directing Andy de Emmony Director
Writing Nick Newman Writer
Production David Parfitt Producer
Production Ivan Mactaggart Executive Producer
Production Martin Davidson Executive Producer
Production Tim Dennison Co-Producer
Sound Nick Green Music
Camera Mark Garrett Director of Photography
Editing Stephen O'Connell Editor