In the bombed-out ruins of the Belgian town of Ypres in 1916, Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson discover a printing press and decide to start a satirical newspaper to raise the spirits of the British troops. It proves hugely popular with the men in the trenches – but their superior officers see it as an act of insubordination and subversion and call for a ban.
Factual drama by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, starring Ben Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Michael Palin, Ben Daniels and Emilia Fox.
One of my great-grandfathers fought during WWI, in which he lost one of his lungs. I remember him being a nice old man, trying to make me laugh when I was a kid. He never talked about the war and died at 82 of chronic pneumonia.
I’m glad that some soldiers found a way to help others to be entertained during those horrible times.
- TV review: The Wipers Times, BBC2 – A bit like Blackadder, only true (independent.co.uk)