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