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

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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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