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