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The Private Life of Samuel Pepys (2003)

Samuel Pepys was a high ranking and brilliant Admiralty official, but in private he was a cheat, a philanderer and an adulterer. In 1679 Pepys was put on trial for embezzling Navy funds. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Coogan ... Samuel Pepys
Lou Doillon Lou Doillon ... Elizabeth Pepys
Andrew Harrison Andrew Harrison ... Clerk Of The Court
Alex Hassell ... Balty
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... John Jones
Ciarán McMenamin ... Will Hewer
Guy Moore Guy Moore ... Captain John Scott
Simon Munnery Simon Munnery ... Mad Solomon
Leon Ockenden ... Pembleton
Nathaniel Parker ... Charles II
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Lord Shaftesbury
Miranda Raison ... Deb Willet
Sally Rogers Sally Rogers ... Betty Bagwell
Zoë Tapper ... Jane
Danny Webb ... Edward Montagu
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Samuel Pepys was a high ranking and brilliant Admiralty official, but in private he was a cheat, a philanderer and an adulterer. In 1679 Pepys was put on trial for embezzling Navy funds. His diaries can clear him but they will also expose him for what he is, destroying him as a public figure in society. Will Pepys exonerate yet damn himself by revealing the contents of his diaries or will he hang?

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Samuel Pepys: They say that when we get to Heaven's gate, St. Peter gives us a book in which all our sins are written. I seem to have done his job for him.
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A sexy role at last!
24 June 2004 | by taranakitimaruSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this programme. Steve Coogan's usual roles involve him being slightly if not completely obnoxious for laughs, showing complete ineptitude in social situations.

The Pepys role however, really let him show another side of his character, and I'd love to see more. I found the character to be sexy, vulnerable and irreverent, intelligent and naughty, a very appealing proposition. Like Rowan Atkinson in the earlier Black Adder series, he shows funny men can be extremely sexy when they take up struggle of an everyman who rather than being the lowest common denominator, is closer to the average thinking man. Someone who can be rational and intelligent, who loses but sometimes wins in social and sexual games, and in love, and has real emotional struggles. More parts like this for Coogan would be great. There is enough buffoonery on the political scene to make me crave sexy funny intellectuals in entertainment. Am I alone?


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