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