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Series cast summary:
David Suchet ...  Augustus Melmotte 4 episodes, 2001
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Sir Felix Carbury 4 episodes, 2001
Cillian Murphy ...  Paul Montague 4 episodes, 2001
Paloma Baeza ...  Hetta Carbury 4 episodes, 2001
Cheryl Campbell ...  Lady Carbury 4 episodes, 2001
Richard Cant Richard Cant ...  Dolly Longestaffe 4 episodes, 2001
Shirley Henderson ...  Marie Melmotte 4 episodes, 2001
Tom Fahy Tom Fahy ...  Butler - Grosvenor Square 4 episodes, 2001
Allan Corduner ...  Croll 4 episodes, 2001
Angus Wright ...  Miles Grendall 4 episodes, 2001
Miranda Otto ...  Mrs. Hurtle 4 episodes, 2001
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ...  Lord Nidderdale 4 episodes, 2001
Tony Britton Tony Britton ...  Lord Alfred Grendall 4 episodes, 2001
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Mr. Longestaffe 4 episodes, 2001
Helen Schlesinger Helen Schlesinger ...  Madame Melmotte 4 episodes, 2001
Douglas Hodge ...  Roger Carbury 4 episodes, 2001
Maxine Peake ...  Ruby Ruggles 4 episodes, 2001
Graham Crowden ...  Marquis of Auld Reekie 4 episodes, 2001
Anne-Marie Duff ...  Georgiana Longestaffe 4 episodes, 2001
David Bradley ...  Mr. Broune 4 episodes, 2001
Sarah Niven Sarah Niven ...  Simpson 3 episodes, 2001
Rob Brydon ...  Mr. Alf 3 episodes, 2001
Jon Rumney ...  Herr Vossner 3 episodes, 2001
Nicholas McGaughey Nicholas McGaughey ...  John Crumb 3 episodes, 2001
Michele Dotrice ...  Mrs. Pipkin 3 episodes, 2001
Jim Carter ...  Mr. Brehgert 3 episodes, 2001
Michael Riley ...  Hamilton K. Fisker 3 episodes, 2001
Lilo Baur Lilo Baur ...  Didon 2 episodes, 2001
Tony Pritchard Tony Pritchard ...  Mr. Wakeham 2 episodes, 2001
Joanna David ...  Lady Pomona Longestaffe 2 episodes, 2001
Fenella Woolgar ...  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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11 November 2001 (UK) See more »

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The Way We Live Now See more »

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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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Another triumph for Davies
3 December 2001 | by missrljaneSee all my reviews

The man who wrote the 1995 mini series 'Pride and prejudice' (Andrew Davies) has adapted another (less well known) classic; Anthony Trollope's 'The way we live now'. Although this series is by no way in the same league as Pride and Prejudice it is still excellent. The plot certainly kept me enthralled over the four weeks it was shown, with character interaction completely gripping. I found the end a bit of a let down and rather rushed but it manages to whiz you through the many characters in a few minutes with great skill. A word of warning, be careful when you pick your favourite characters as what you want to happen probably won't. You truly do believe this is really happening, regardless it being set in 1870. The performances by David Suchet as devious Melmotte, Matthew Macfadyen as comic Felix and my favourite Douglas Hodge as the honest, moral Roger are unmissable. Even if, like me, you do not like the ending the rest of the programme makes it all well worth watching.


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