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

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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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