An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
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Ben Rodska ...
 Oliver Twist (11 episodes, 1985)
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 Fagin (10 episodes, 1985)
Michael Attwell ...
 Bill Sikes (9 episodes, 1985)
Pip Donaghy ...
 Monks (9 episodes, 1985)
Amanda Harris ...
 Nancy (8 episodes, 1985)
Nicholas Bond-Owen ...
 Charley Bates (8 episodes, 1985)
Godfrey James ...
 Mr. Bumble (7 episodes, 1985)
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 Rose Maylie / ... (7 episodes, 1985)
David King ...
 Giles (7 episodes, 1985)
David Garlick ...
 The Artful Dodger (7 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Brownlow (6 episodes, 1985)
Gillian Martell ...
 Mrs. Maylie (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Barney (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. Bumble / ... (5 episodes, 1985)
Edward Burnham ...
 Mr. Grimwig (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Noah Claypole (5 episodes, 1985)
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In a storm, in a workhouse, to a nameless woman, young Oliver Twist is born into parish care where he's overworked and underfed. As he grows older his adventures take him from the countryside to London, through harsh treatment, kindness, an undertaker, and a thieves' dens, where he makes friends and enemies. But all the time he is pursued by the mysterious Monks, who hires Fagin to turn Oliver into a thief. Oliver is rescued by chance and kind friends. But it's a puzzle of legitimacy, inheritance, and identity that Oliver's friends must attempt to unravel before Monks can destroy Oliver. Written by Kathy Li

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From the newspaper date seen in Oliver Twist: Episode #1.5 (1985), and other signs and inscriptions throughout, it is established that the bulk of the story takes place in 1835 and 1836, ending the year before the novel started serialization. This also explains the scattered references to the King rather than the Queen who is more commonly acknowledged in Charles Dickens works. The King is William IV, who died in 1837 and was succeeded by his niece Queen Victoria, who began the Victorian age which lasted for the majority of the 19th century. England would not have a king again until the accession of King Edward VII in 1901. See more »

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The nearest to the book that we'll ever get
17 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The BBC really know how to 'do' Dickens.

From Dudley Simpson's haunting title music to Eric Porter's sinister Fagin, this is truest adaptation of the book that I know.

The production values are spot-on, capturing the filth and seediness of Dickens' London. Michael Attwell is the most menacing of Bill Sykes and Ben Rodska makes Oliver innocent without being too goody-goody.

If that were not enough, the length of the production (6 hours) means that, for once, the sub-plots are included and the main plots are laid out as Dickens wrote them.

If 6 hours is too long then David Lean still represents the safest bet but, for the purist, this will probably never be improved upon.


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