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

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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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