Oliver Twist (1985)

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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Rodska ...
 Oliver Twist (11 episodes, 1985)
Eric Porter ...
 Fagin (10 episodes, 1985)
 Rose Maylie / ... (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)
David Garlick ...
 The Artful Dodger (7 episodes, 1985)
Godfrey James ...
 Mr. Bumble (7 episodes, 1985)
David King ...
 Giles (7 episodes, 1985)
Frank Middlemass ...
 Mr. Brownlow (6 episodes, 1985)
 Noah Claypole (6 episodes, 1985)
Gillian Martell ...
 Mrs. Maylie (6 episodes, 1985)
 Barney (6 episodes, 1985)
Edward Burnham ...
 Mr. Grimwig (5 episodes, 1985)
Carys Llewelyn ...
 Charlotte (5 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Corney / ... (5 episodes, 1985)
 Brittles (5 episodes, 1985)


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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Of the 30 or so filmed versions of the same Charles Dickens novel (excluding indirect adaptations and parodies such as Oliver & Company (1988)), this is considered the most complete and accurate adaptation, as it manages to depict almost all of the characters and incidents from the book. See more »


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Long version permits depth of detail, rich character development
13 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent version, well-acted, long enough to permit inclusion of Dickens' myriad confusing plots that keep the viewer guessing. It is broken into 12 28-minute episodes, reminiscent of the way Dickens serialized his novels. I dare anybody to watch just one - every one's a cliffhanger inviting you onwards. The acting is outstanding, though the strong dialect caused me to miss some lines. As Scott Funnell has noted in an earlier comment, the child actor who coincidentally has the same name does an outstanding job (and is rather adorable) as the young Oliver, as does the actor playing the larger (but according to Scott less important) role of the older Oliver.

This is one of a whole series of superb BBC adaptations of the major Dickens novels, every one a gem. Like some of the others, the DVD re-release of Oliver Twist includes as an extra an excellent performance by Simon Callow as Charles Dickens, reading a lengthy passage from the novel, recreating Dickens' own reading tours that played to packed houses. Don't miss it!

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