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Masterpiece Episode: "Othello"

Season 31, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Shakespeare gets a major overhaul in a modern-language adaptation of “Othello,” the Bard's 1604 tragedy of jealousy and revenge. British screenwriter Andrew Davies also updated the action to present-day London, altered character names and tweaked the plot (making it a police drama). Here, noble John Othello (Eamonn Walker) is a protégé of diabolical Ben Jago (Christopher Eccleston) in the Metropolitan Police, but it's Othello who's appointed commissioner, whereupon Jago plots his downfall.
Original Air Date: Jan 28, 2002
Guest Cast Anna Niland: Estelle Richard Coyle: Michael Cass John Harding: Prime Minister Andrew Charleson: Tommy Rogers Bill Paterson: Sinclair Carver Joss Ackland: James Brabant Nicholas Gecks: Home Secretary Michelle Newell: Alma Carver Jon Snow: News Reader Timothy Birkett: Photographer Eamonn Walker: John Othello Gerrard McArthur: Jim Gordon Del Synnott: PC Alan Roderick Christopher Eccleston: Ben Jago Patrick Myers: PC Gaunt Bob Friend: TV Chairman Christopher Fox: PC Adley Carl McCrystal: Geoffrey Nick Ewans: Functionary Phillip Lester: Photographer Allan Cutts: PC Stiller Laura Girling: PM's Wife Claire Oberman: Prosecuting Counsel Rachael Stirling: Lulu Keeley Hawes: Dessie Brabant Tim Faraday: Chief Superintendent Tim Frances: Newspaper Editor Howard Coggins: Thug Samantha McDonald: Woman in Crowd Morgan Johnson: Billy Coates

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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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