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

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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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