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

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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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