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