The Way We Live Now (2001)

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At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

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 Augustus Melmotte (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Sir Felix Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Paul Montague (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Hetta Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Lady Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
Richard Cant ...
 Dolly Longestaffe (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Marie Melmotte (4 episodes, 2001)
Tom Fahy ...
 Butler - Grosvenor Square (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Croll (4 episodes, 2001)
Angus Wright ...
 Miles Grendall (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Mrs. Hurtle (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Lord Nidderdale (4 episodes, 2001)
Tony Britton ...
 Lord Alfred Grendall (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Longestaffe (4 episodes, 2001)
Helen Schlesinger ...
 Madame Melmotte (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Roger Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Ruby Ruggles (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Marquis of Auld Reekie (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Georgiana Longestaffe (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Broune (4 episodes, 2001)
Sarah Niven ...
 Simpson (3 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Alf (3 episodes, 2001)
Jon Rumney ...
 Herr Vossner (3 episodes, 2001)
Nicholas McGaughey ...
 John Crumb (3 episodes, 2001)
Michele Dotrice ...
 Mrs. Pipkin (3 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Brehgert (3 episodes, 2001)
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 Hamilton K. Fisker (3 episodes, 2001)
Lilo Baur ...
 Didon (2 episodes, 2001)
Tony Pritchard ...
 Mr. Wakeham (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lady Pomona Longestaffe (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lady Julia Monogram (2 episodes, 2001)
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At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city', but the "something" part is not always clear. Within weeks of arriving in London, he announces a new company and promises instant fortune to those who join him in this scheme. Melmotte is surrounded by a circle of decadent aristos, scheming widows and nouveau riche businessmen, all trying to get a piece of the financial pie. His disobedient daughter, Marie, is played by Shirley Henderson, while Cheryl Campbell, Matthew Macfadyen and Paloma Baeza bring to life the aristocratic but impoverished Carbury family. Written by <l_wuisan@hotmail.com>

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The Way We Live Now IsFascinating
22 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Way We Live Now is yet another British TV adaptation of the works of Anthony Trollope. Like The Pallisers and The Barchester Chronicles this is yet another mini-series to savor. The rich setting of 1870's London society is boldly brought to the screen. David Suchet gives the performance of his career as scoundrel Augustus Malmotte. Equally brilliant is Shirley Henderson as his daughter Marie. Henderson has emerged as one of the more spellbinding thespians of the last ten years. Why she isn't a major star when performers with a tiny fraction of her talent are on the A-list is one of those mysteries that will never be explained. Still, this is not quite up there in the same league with The Pallisers. Some of the characters are not that interesting. Unfortunately, Miranda Otto as Mrs. Hurtle and Cillian Murphy as Paul Montague are miscast.


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