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'Monty Python' Star Michael Palin Cast in BBC War Drama

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Michael Palin.

The TV movie about British soldiers in WWI who set up a satirical magazine also stars Ben Chaplin and Emilia Fox.

LONDON -- British comedian, actor, writer and presenter Michael Palin will star in The Wipers Times, a WWI drama set to air on BBC2.

The movie details the story of how a squad of British soldiers in the trenches produced and published their own satirical magazine during the World War I.

The movie is co-written by Ian Hislop, a regular on satirical British TV show Have I Got News For You and also the editor of Private Eye, the U.K.'s coruscating weekly paper that takes a humorous and often barbed look at the political scene and the media.

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Palin will join Ben Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Emilia Fox in the drama, also written by Nick Newman and directed by Andy De Emmony.

The movie is produced by Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt through his banner Trademark Films and is backed by BBC, Northern Ireland Screen Fund (supported by Invest NI and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund), Goldcrest Films and Content Media.

The Wipers Times magazine combined dark humor and satirical swipes at allies and enemies and was set up an abandoned printing press discovered in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium.

Palin's more than 40-year career on television and movies includes being a founding member of legendary comedy collective Monty Python, featured in such classics as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian.