Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Episode: "The Way We Live Now"

Season 31, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: “The Way We Live Now” (Part 3 of four). Melmotte (David Suchet) is elected to Parliament with stirring talk of “a new kind of empire.” But his campaign expenses are considerable, and Paul Montague (Cillian Murphy) has questions about the source of the money. The answers he receives from Melmotte aren't satisfactory, but the one he receives from Hetta (Paloma Baeza) is---temporarily. Meanwhile, Sir Felix's run of bad luck continues. Sir Felix: Matthew Macfadyen.
Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2002
Guest Cast Tony Britton: Lord Alfred Grendall Roger Hammond: MP Brown Michele Dotrice: Mrs. Pipkin Graham Crowden: Marquis of Auld Reekie Sarah Niven: Simpson Douglas Hodge: Roger Carbury Oliver Ford Davies: Mr. Longestaffe Cheryl Campbell: Lady Carbury Matthew Macfadyen: Sir Felix Carbury Shirley Henderson: Marie Melmotte Cillian Murphy: Paul Montague Helen Schlesinger: Madame Melmotte Paloma Baeza: Hetta Carbury Richard Cant: Dolly Longestaffe Toby Jones: Squercum Anne Marie Duff: Georgiana Longestaffe Gerry George: Music Hall Performer Rob Brydon: Mr. Alf Trevor Peacock: Mr. Ruggles David Suchet: Augustus Melmotte Jim Carter: Mr. Breghart Miranda Otto: Mrs, Hurtle Allan Corduner: Croll Dudley Sutton: Speaker (Parliament) Tom Fahy: Butler (Grosvenor Square)

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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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