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

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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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