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This is a British television mini-series that is filled with romance and drama. A mysterious money man and investor, Augustus Melmoote, of unknown European origins comes to London. Upon coming to town, Augustus forms a company and promises great and almost immediate wealth to all who join. This mini-series focuses on those who would do anything for a piece of the pie, and while dealing with wealth-hungry aristocrats, Augustus must deal with mistrust of the community and the disobedience of his own daughter.

BBC America
1 Season, 6 Episodes
November 11, 2001
Drama
7.7/10
Cast: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Paloma Baeza
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The Way We Live Now Full Episode Guide

  • As Paul struggles in Mexico without the funding he needs, Fisker arrives. Fisker reveals that Melmotte is less concerned with building a railway than with raising capital from the shares. Paul returns to London, determined to expose Melmotte.

  • A newspaper publishes Paul's claims about Melmotte and the railway, and soon Melmotte is hounded by creditors. Melmotte needs his emergency fund, held in Marie's name, but she refuses to sign the money over to him. Hetta decides to find out the truth between Mrs. Hurtle and Paul. She visits Mrs. Hurtle who confirms the engagement, and tells Paul that she can never see him again.

  • Marie Melmotte arrives in Liverpool with her maid, Didon, on the first stage of her elopement, only to be arrested and taken back home in disgrace after her father has raised the alarm. Meanwhile, Felix is stopped from seeing Ruby by Mrs. Pipkin and Mrs. Hurtle, who refuse to allow the 'courtship' to continue until he makes his intentions clear.

  • Paul is shocked at the news of his former love, Mrs Hurtle's, arrival in London. She is intent on keeping Paul to the promise of marriage that he made to her two years ago. Paul, now very much in love with Hetta Carbury, tries to explain that his feelings have changed, but the beguiling and sexually manipulative Mrs Hurtle warns him that it is up to her to release him from the engagement.

  • Infamous financier, Augustus Melmotte arrives in town with his wife, Madame Melmotte, and daughter, Marie, amid rumours of his financial wizardry and the eligibility of his heiress daughter. Concerns that Melmotte may also be an accomplished swindler are soon forgotten as London's impoverished establishment greedily anticipates a change in fortunes.

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