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

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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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