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Jeffrey Archer: The Truth (2002)

A satirical look at the fascinating 'secret' TRUE life of disgraced 1980's Tory politician turned bestselling author Jeffrey Archer. The Truth, the whole truth and everything BUT the truth.

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Guy Jenkin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Jeffrey Archer
Greta Scacchi ... Margaret Thatcher
Polly Walker ... Mrs. Archer
Ben Miller ... Roland Moxley-Nemesis
Emily Mortimer ... Lady Diana - Princess of Wales
Richard Wilson ... Duke of Edinburgh
Richard Griffiths ... Willie Whitelaw
Danielle Tilley Danielle Tilley ... Emma
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ... Tony Blair
Gary Lineker ... England manager
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... Caspar, Tory MP
Rachel Pickup ... Casino Girl
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Dennis Thatcher
Mark Spalding ... DPG Officer / Royal Guard
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Chessington
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Starting in Archer's Oxford days this bizzare comedy maps the 'truth' about Archer's rise, fall and eventual re-rise to power. The story is told in 2009 as Archer helps someone write an unofficial Biography a few year's after Archer's release from Prison. Written by Jonathan Davies <email@jonathan-davies.net>

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This story is based on real events, only the facts have been changed


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2002 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"Oh Jeffrey...The Lady Is For Turning!"
5 July 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

If Jeffrey Archer didn't exist, some clever scriptwriter would be sure to invent him. The trouble is, no-one would believe it! Here was a man whose lies eventually got him jailed, whereupon he reinvented himself as the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice! The truth certainly is stranger than fiction. Damian Green looks and sounds nothing like the real Archer, which is what makes this film so funny, unlike 'A Very Social Secretary' which strove to depict its characters accurately. I understand why humourless Tories found it offensive, but I found it wonderful fun, a joyous romp in the manner of 'The New Statesman' T.V. series. Besides, Steven Pacey's 'Tony Blair' was hardly flattering to him either. Greta Scacchi's 'Margaret Thatcher' depicted the ex-P.M. as a Mae West-style vamp. The funniest bit was when Archer did to her what the real Thatcher did to Britain for ten years! The only wonder is why this has never been repeated. The B.B.C. bowing to 'internal pressure' yet again?


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