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

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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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