BBC Two’s ‘The Wipers Times’ looks at comedy on the Front Line

BBC2, Wednesday 11th September 2013, 9pm

The Wipers Times, a satirical magazine written by frontline soldiers during the First World War, has been turned into a BBC drama showing tonight on BB2.

Penned by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, The Wipers Times tells the story of Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson, who, in the bombed-out ruins of Ypres in 1916, discover a printing press. They use it to produce The Wipers Times – a humorous, satirical and subversive trench newspaper which proves hugely popular with soldiers – though not entirely with their superior officers.

Read more about the drama and the real life history of the magazine and its authors, at:


BBC 2’s trailer for The Wipers Times:


One response

  1. Hello there. Having read your article, I was wondering whether you’d glance at mine as well and tell me what you think of it.

    By the way, great article and thank you for the link to the BBC History site as well. That was a nice touch.

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