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

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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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