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

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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