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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 Richard Cant: Dolly Longestaffe Sarah Niven: Simpson Miranda Otto: Mrs. Hurtle Michele Dotrice: Mrs. Pipkin Derek Smee: Butler (Caversham Hall) Oliver Ford Davies: Mr. Longestaffe Robert Sterne: Portrait Painter Cheryl Campbell: Lady Carbury Rob Brydon: Mr. Alf Graham Crowden: Marquis of Auld Reekie Jon Rumney: Vosner David Bradley: Mr. Broune Lilo Baur: Didon Shirley Henderson: Marie Melmotte Helen Schlesinger: Madame Melmotte Tom Fahy: Butler (Grosvenor Square) Cillian Murphy: Paul Montague Angus Wright: Miles Grendall Anne-Marie Duff: Georgina Longestaffe Tony Pritchard: Mr. Wakeham Paloma Baeza: Hetta Carbury Tony Britton: Lord Alfred Grendall Douglas Hodge: Roger Carbury Allan Corduner: Croll Matthew Macfadyen: Sir Felix Carbury Joanna David: Lady Pomona Longestaffe David Suchet: Augustus Melmotte Michael Riley: Hamilton K. Fisker Stuart McQuarrie: Lord Nidderdale Nicholas McGaughey: John Crumb Maxine Peake: Ruby Ruggles Derek Peacock: Mr. Ruggles

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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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