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The Wipers Times

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Shoot Dates February 2013
Writer Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
Director Andy De Emmony
Producer David Parfitt; Ivan MacTaggart
Director of Photography Mark Garrett
Editor Stephen O’Connell
Main Cast Ben Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Michael Palin, Ben Daniels, Emilia Fox, Steve Oram, Hugh Skinner.
Locations Ballywalter Park, Ballyclare Mill, Co Down Railway Museum, Belfast City Hall,
Contacts PRODUCTION COMPANY
Trademark Films

The Wipers Times

Status: Completed

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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