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 ...  Oliver Twist 11 episodes, 1985
...  Fagin 10 episodes, 1985
...  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
...  Rose Maylie / ... 7 episodes, 1985
David King ...  Giles 7 episodes, 1985
David Garlick ...  The Artful Dodger 7 episodes, 1985
...  Mr. Brownlow 6 episodes, 1985
Gillian Martell ...  Mrs. Maylie 6 episodes, 1985
...  Barney 6 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. Bumble / ... 5 episodes, 1985
...  Mr. Grimwig 5 episodes, 1985
...  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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Оливър Туист  »

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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 (1962) See more »

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Long version permits depth of detail, rich character development
13 November 2006 | by 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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