Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye, and longtime collaborator and cartoonist Nick Newman are working on a new script for an opera house in Naples during World War II.
The duo, who have worked together since meeting at Ardingly College, have previously written hits like The Wipers Times and Trial By Laughter. These productions drew on their experience and knowledge from working on the longstanding satirical magazine and delved into the history of form in order to bring long-lost stories of satire to the fore.
However, this new, currently untitled project, which marks the first screenwriter since the duo’s writing, is The wiper times for the BBC in 2013, the duo will leave satire.
As Hislop explained in an exclusive interview with British Comedy Guide to promote Private Eye: The Sixty Year Book, he and Newman are now working with David Parfitt, the producer with whom they have worked on a number of projects, on a script that will be completely satirical.
He said, “Nick and I wrote a film for David Parfitt that we still hope will happen, but we don’t know. It’s about an opera house in Naples during WWII, the occupation. It works not about satire.
“The whole thing seems like a little adventure. It goes through the phases and like everything at Covid it stalled. But we are working on that and we are very interested in it going on, it was a lot of fun.”
As he continued, he added: “David Parfitt produced Trial By Laughter and wiper and A Bunch Of Amateurs so we’ve been working with him for a long time! He also produced The father, awesome movie. So we hope. People are often nervous when they talk about what they’re doing, but a lot of projects don’t and can’t happen, but that’s what we do. “
Hislops and Newman’s other screenwriters include work on the original version of Spitting Image in the 1980s, the feature film A Bunch Of Amateurs, and the CBBC sitcom My Dad’s The Prime Minister.
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