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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 Jim Carter: Mr. Breghart Paloma Baeza: Hetta Carbury Toby Jones: Squercum Helen Schlesinger: Madame Melmotte Graham Crowden: Marquis of Auld Reekie Cillian Murphy: Paul Montague Anne Marie Duff: Georgiana Longestaffe Roger Hammond: MP Brown Douglas Hodge: Roger Carbury Tony Britton: Lord Alfred Grendall Tom Fahy: Butler (Grosvenor Square) Sarah Niven: Simpson Matthew Macfadyen: Sir Felix Carbury Richard Cant: Dolly Longestaffe Shirley Henderson: Marie Melmotte Cheryl Campbell: Lady Carbury Trevor Peacock: Mr. Ruggles Gerry George: Music Hall Performer Dudley Sutton: Speaker (Parliament) Oliver Ford Davies: Mr. Longestaffe David Suchet: Augustus Melmotte Miranda Otto: Mrs, Hurtle Allan Corduner: Croll Michele Dotrice: Mrs. Pipkin Rob Brydon: Mr. Alf

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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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