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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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Oliver Parker

Writer:

Guy Jenkin
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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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Country:

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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Unfair critics
17 December 2003 | by messed_upSee all my reviews

I read a few reviews of this before I saw it and they all said Steve Coogan acted like "Alan Partridge in a wig", well I'm sorry but he did nothing of the sort! He did a wonderful job, possibly his best acting job yet in my opinion. It is totally unfair for people to compare everything that Steve Coogan does to Alan Partridge. He is a very talented actor and watching this last night I think he proves it!


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