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

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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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