BBC Two has given the green-light to Wipers Times, a a feature length movie about the satirical World War I magazine. TVWise first reported last November that the BBC was developing the project in conjunction with Trademark Films, although at the time it was unclear whether the project was being developed for BBC One or BBC Two. I have now confirmed that the film is being produced for BBC Two with Trademark eyeing theatrical releases in other countries.
As previously reported, the script for the film was written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman with Andy De Emmony attached to direct. Ben Chaplin has been cast as Captain Ben Roberts, who finds a printing press in the trenches of Ypres in 1916 and goes about creating the satirical publication. Other cast members include Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Michael Palin (Monty Python), Steve Oram (Kill List) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour). The film is currently in production in Northern Ireland. The producer is David Parfitt. Ivan Mactaggart and Martin Davidson executive produce.