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

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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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