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