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

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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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