Masterpiece Episodes

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

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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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