The Wipers Times

A one-off factual drama by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman for BBC Two

Interview with Julian Rhind-Tutt

I got a phone call asking would I like to be in The Wipers Times and then I found out that it was a great script and there were lots of great people involved, so I said yes please."Julian Rhind-Tutt
Category: BBC Two; Drama; Factual

Tell us a little bit about how you got the role

I got a phone call asking would I like to be in The Wipers Times and then I found out that it was a great script and there were lots of great people involved, so I said yes please. In a nutshell.

Your character is quite quiet and serious in a way

Yes, he’s the second in command to Captain Roberts, who is the leader of the section and they have a very good working relationship that revolves around their shared sense of humour. And their sense of satire and wit that comes from the futility and ridiculousness of the war, the situation that they find themselves in.

It’s quite a different role for you isn’t it?

I’ve been lucky to play a few different roles lately and it’s been great to play a soldier. Not being a born soldier by any stretch of the imagination, it’s been good to play one.

Do the writers get involved much when they’re watching - do they change anything?

No, they’ve been very quiet, and either wonderfully pleased and supportive or perhaps standing stupefied as their work is being destroyed before their eyes. But we’ll never know. We will eventually.