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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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Rodska Ben Rodska ...  Oliver Twist 11 episodes, 1985
Eric Porter ...  Fagin 10 episodes, 1985
Michael Attwell ...  Bill Sikes 9 episodes, 1985
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ...  Monks 9 episodes, 1985
Amanda Harris Amanda Harris ...  Nancy 8 episodes, 1985
Nicholas Bond-Owen Nicholas Bond-Owen ...  Charley Bates 8 episodes, 1985
Godfrey James Godfrey James ...  Mr. Bumble 7 episodes, 1985
Lysette Anthony ...  Rose Maylie / ... 7 episodes, 1985
David King David King ...  Giles 7 episodes, 1985
David Garlick David Garlick ...  The Artful Dodger 7 episodes, 1985
Frank Middlemass ...  Mr. Brownlow 6 episodes, 1985
Gillian Martell Gillian Martell ...  Mrs. Maylie 6 episodes, 1985
Christian Rodska ...  Barney 6 episodes, 1985
Miriam Margolyes ...  Mrs. Bumble / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Edward Burnham ...  Mr. Grimwig 5 episodes, 1985
Julian Firth ...  Noah Claypole 5 episodes, 1985
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Storyline

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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UK

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English

Release Date:

13 October 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Оливър Туист See more »

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(12 episodes)

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Color
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This was the first job as a producer in television for Terrance Dicks, who was a very experienced writer and script editor. According to Dicks, the classic serial strand at the BBC was at the brink of being cancelled at the time by the new Controller of BBC One, Michael Grade, due to being expensive. According to Dicks, this serial achieved "record figures", to such an extent that Grade decided to continue with it. See more »

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Version of Oliver Twist (1955) See more »

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Best version of a true classic.
31 May 2016 | by martinoconnellSee all my reviews

This version of Oliver Twist is by far and away the best. It manages to feature virtually all the characters major and minor which so many other versions fail to do. The 1948 version is great but this one trumps it. Godfrey James as Bumble carries off the role very well as does Eric Porter who is truly menacing as Fagin. Frank Middlemass as Brownlow is just how one would imagine that character. The two actors play Oliver was a master stroke of casting. I could watch this again and again for the acting alone and the brilliance of the set. Well done to all concerned. Other versions fall wide of the mark but this stays faithful to the story. Even Mrs. Corny is played to a tee by Miriam Margoyles.


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