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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 Jon Snow: News Reader Anna Niland: Estelle Samantha McDonald: Woman in Crowd Bill Paterson: Sinclair Carver Howard Coggins: Thug Timothy Birkett: Photographer Andrew Charleson: Tommy Rogers Laura Girling: PM's Wife Claire Oberman: Prosecuting Counsel Patrick Myers: PC Gaunt Tim Faraday: Chief Superintendent Del Synnott: PC Alan Roderick Bob Friend: TV Chairman Phillip Lester: Photographer Nicholas Gecks: Home Secretary Tim Frances: Newspaper Editor Christopher Eccleston: Ben Jago Eamonn Walker: John Othello Carl McCrystal: Geoffrey Michelle Newell: Alma Carver Gerrard McArthur: Jim Gordon Joss Ackland: James Brabant Morgan Johnson: Billy Coates Keeley Hawes: Dessie Brabant John Harding: Prime Minister Allan Cutts: PC Stiller Nick Ewans: Functionary Christopher Fox: PC Adley Richard Coyle: Michael Cass Rachael Stirling: Lulu

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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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