BBC Developing ‘Wipers Times’ TV Movie From Ian Hislop & Nick Newman

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EXCLUSIVE: Call it Private Eye: The Early Years. I have just learned that the BBC has put into development a 60 minute one-off TV movie about the World War I publication The Wipers Times. My sources have described the project as a dramedy about the satirical publication that became famous in the trenches of WWI, which some have described as laying the foundation for such publications as Private Eye and The Onion. Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and long time collaborator Nick Newman are penning the 60 minute film, simply titled Wipers Times. I hear that the film will be produced by Trademark Films, one of the production companies behind the BBC Two/HBO period drama Parade’s End. Trademark Films’ David Parfitt will produce, while Andy De Emmony (The Bletchley Circle) is attached to direct. At present it is unclear if the movie (should it get a green-light) will appear on BBC One or BBC Two.