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

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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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