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

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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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