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 Roger Carbury 4 episodes, 2001
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 Herr Vossner 3 episodes, 2001
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 John Crumb 3 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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Mrs. Hurtle tells us the action takes place in 1870. In that year Salt Lake City was a closed community of about 12,000, unlikely to be the terminus of an international railway. Likewise, Paul lists Los Angeles as one of the places where the railroad company is being capitalized. Los Angeles then was a lawless town of about 4500, not the sort of place where a major investment project is likely to be underwritten. See more »

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Sir Felix Carbury: I may not be possessed of great wealth or property, but I am a baronet and a gentleman.
Augustus Melmotte: And I'm not, you imply.
Sir Felix Carbury: No! No, that's not what I meant at all!
Augustus Melmotte: I think we understand each other very well. You're to provide the rank and position and I am to provide the money. That's the bargain. I buy my daughter a place in society by paying you to marry her.
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Excellent!
6 January 2002 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of the novel is dramatic and exciting, whilst there is just a hint of humour. David Suchet portrays the monstrous character of Melmotte exceedingly well, but the main essence of brilliancy was contributed by Andrew Davies, who never ceases to amaze me with his marvellous screenplays, Pride and Prejudice being my all-time favourite. The supporting cast was stunning and the locations suited the scenes well. This is one of the best adaptations since Pride and Prejudice. Excellent!


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