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Masterpiece Episode: "The Way We Live Now"

Season 31, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: David Suchet plays a shady financier who buys his way into Victorian society in a four-part adaptation of “The Way We Live Now,” Anthony Trollope's 1875 treatise on greed. Victorian society is only too willing to sell itself to Augustus Melmotte (Suchet) because he has what the land-rich, cash-poor aristocrats want: money. In Part 1, for instance, Sir Felix Carbury (Matthew Macfayden), a cad who has squandered his inheritance, sets out to win the very willing heart of Melmotte's daughter (Shirley Henderson). Sir Felix's mother (Cheryl Campbell) thinks it's a wonderful idea. Hetta: Paloma Baeza.
Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2002
Guest Cast Graham Crowden: Marquis of Auld Reekie Robert Sterne: Portrait Painter Helen Schlesinger: Madame Melmotte Shirley Henderson: Marie Melmotte Michael Riley: Hamilton K. Fisker Rob Brydon: Mr. Alf Anne-Marie Duff: Georgina Longestaffe David Bradley: Mr. Broune Angus Wright: Miles Grendall Douglas Hodge: Roger Carbury Tony Britton: Lord Alfred Grendall Stuart McQuarrie: Lord Nidderdale Derek Peacock: Mr. Ruggles Jon Rumney: Vosner Tony Pritchard: Mr. Wakeham Sarah Niven: Simpson Tom Fahy: Butler (Grosvenor Square) Maxine Peake: Ruby Ruggles Derek Smee: Butler (Caversham Hall) Oliver Ford Davies: Mr. Longestaffe Cillian Murphy: Paul Montague Michele Dotrice: Mrs. Pipkin Lilo Baur: Didon Matthew Macfadyen: Sir Felix Carbury Richard Cant: Dolly Longestaffe Nicholas McGaughey: John Crumb Miranda Otto: Mrs. Hurtle Cheryl Campbell: Lady Carbury David Suchet: Augustus Melmotte Allan Corduner: Croll Paloma Baeza: Hetta Carbury Joanna David: Lady Pomona Longestaffe

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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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