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