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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 Henry Goodman: Shylock David Bamber: Antonio Leigh McDonald: Cabaret Singer Alexander Hanson: Bassanio Derbhle Crotty: Portia Adrian Penketh: British Video Suitor Oscar James: Old Gobbo Alex Kelly: Nerissa Jack James: Lorenzo Mark Umbers: Solanio Raymond Coulthard: Prince of Aragon Gabrielle Jourdan: Jessica Patrick Baladi: Italian Video Suitor Richard Henders: Gratiano Giles Smith: German Video Suitor David Burt: Duke of Venice Mark Springer: Leonardo David Arneil: Video Suitor Ceri Ann Gregory: Cabaret Singer Laurence Werber: Tubal Peter De Jersey: Salerio Andrew French: Launcelot Gobbo Charles Millham: Video Suitor Chu Omambala: Prince of Morocco Michael Wildman: Stephano/Masked Man John Nolan: Balthazar Vernon Douglas: Morocco's Manservant

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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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