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

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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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