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The Private Life of Samuel Pepys (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  16 December 2003 (UK)
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All of the soldiers were members of the Sealed Knot Society (an English Civil War re-enactment organization). Several other extras such as the Jailer were also members. See more »

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Betty Bagwell: Have you never seen a woman naked?
Samuel Pepys: It's just like in the paintings.
Betty Bagwell: But without one of them cherubs in just the wrong place.
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17 December 2003 | by (St. Albans, England) – See all my reviews

I found this an entertaining one-off which certainly enhanced my knowledge of Pepys above the previous level of "didn't he write a diary at some point in the past?"

Being a fan of Coogan it's always difficult to look beyond your expectations of what he's going to be like based on his well-known previous characters. I'm sure it would have become easier had this been stretched out into a mini-series but there you go.

Interesting to see this so soon after the Charles II Power & Passion mini-series which finished a few weeks back. Being contemporaneous (get me!) the two programmes shared a lot of the historical background and quite a few of the characters.

In summary, well worth watching - even without considering the not-insignificant sexual content and gratuitous boob shots :-)


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