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

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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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