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

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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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