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Masterpiece Episode: "Merchant of Venice"

Season 31, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: A sleek adaptation unfolds of the Royal National Theatre's 1999 modern-day staging of Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice,” the controversial drama about Shylock (Henry Goodman), the Jew who lends the merchant Antonio (David Bamber) money to bankroll his friend Bassanio's courtship of the heiress Portia (Derbhle Crotty). If Antonio can't repay, Shylock gets a pound of his flesh. Director Trevor Nunn sets the action in early-1930s cafe society.
Original Air Date: Oct 8, 2001
Guest Cast Peter De Jersey: Salerio Michael Wildman: Stephano/Masked Man David Bamber: Antonio Raymond Coulthard: Prince of Aragon Mark Umbers: Solanio Vernon Douglas: Morocco's Manservant Charles Millham: Video Suitor Alexander Hanson: Bassanio Leigh McDonald: Cabaret Singer David Arneil: Video Suitor Adrian Penketh: British Video Suitor Andrew French: Launcelot Gobbo Derbhle Crotty: Portia Oscar James: Old Gobbo John Nolan: Balthazar Henry Goodman: Shylock Gabrielle Jourdan: Jessica Laurence Werber: Tubal Giles Smith: German Video Suitor David Burt: Duke of Venice Patrick Baladi: Italian Video Suitor Mark Springer: Leonardo Chu Omambala: Prince of Morocco Alex Kelly: Nerissa Richard Henders: Gratiano Jack James: Lorenzo Ceri Ann Gregory: Cabaret Singer

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'



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