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

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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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