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Oliver Twist 

The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.
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Series cast summary:
William Miller ...  Oliver Twist 5 episodes, 2007
Adam Arnold Adam Arnold ...  Artful Dodger / ... 5 episodes, 2007
Ryan Barr Ryan Barr 5 episodes, 2007
Connor Catchpole Connor Catchpole ...  Pearly 5 episodes, 2007
Morven Christie ...  Rose Maylie 5 episodes, 2007
Edward Fox ...  Mr. Brownlow 5 episodes, 2007
Tom Hardy ...  Bill Sikes 5 episodes, 2007
Sarah Lancashire ...  Mrs. Corney 5 episodes, 2007
Sophie Okonedo ...  Nancy 5 episodes, 2007
Julian Rhind-Tutt ...  Edward / ... 5 episodes, 2007
Timothy Spall ...  Fagin 5 episodes, 2007
Nicola Walker ...  Sally 3 episodes, 2007
Rob Brydon ...  Mr. Fang 2 episodes, 2007
Paul Chahidi ...  The Quack 2 episodes, 2007
Alfie Childs Alfie Childs ...  Mouthy 2 episodes, 2007
Reece Dos-Santos Reece Dos-Santos ...  Stick 2 episodes, 2007
Vincent Franklin ...  Mr. Limbkins 2 episodes, 2007
Mariah Gale ...  Agnes 2 episodes, 2007
Adam Gillen Adam Gillen ...  Noah Claypole 2 episodes, 2007
Michelle Gomez ...  Mrs. Sowerberry 2 episodes, 2007
Jordan Grehs Jordan Grehs ...  Ginge 2 episodes, 2007
Callum Higgins Callum Higgins ...  Spike 2 episodes, 2007
Peter Kirkham Peter Kirkham ...  Oakum Boy 2 episodes, 2007
Jordan Long ...  Geezer 2 episodes, 2007
Helena Lymbery Helena Lymbery ...  Molly 2 episodes, 2007
Keenan Munn-Francis Keenan Munn-Francis ...  Scrappy Boy 2 episodes, 2007
Oliver Murray Oliver Murray ...  Muzzer 2 episodes, 2007
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ...  Head Peeler 2 episodes, 2007
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The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.

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Drama

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BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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English

Release Date:

18 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Twist Olivér See more »

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(5 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Rose sings and plays the hymn "Abide With Me". The words were not written until 1847, and the tune wasn't published until 1861, in the classic "Hymns Ancient and Modern". This song did not exist at the time Oliver Twist takes place. See more »

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Version of Twist (2003) See more »

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Abide With Me
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Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
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What in the Dickens?
1 March 2009 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

I feel sorry for anyone who makes his first acquaintance with Dickens' classic through this ill-conceived version that tampers irreparably with the original story.

The first mistake was hiring a screenwriter best-known for work on a British soap to write the script. She felt obligated to make it more "hip" by inserting words and dialog that aren't appropriate to the time period, and by completely twisting parts of the plot and some of its main characters. For instance, the comic subplot of Bumble and Corny leaves out some of the best scenes, and instead "sexes up" the Widow Corny. And Oliver himself is changed from a lost innocent into a smart-mouthed punk. (PS - I know that Corny is spelled with an "e" but IMDb's spell- checker keeps changing it.)

The casting doesn't help. Timothy Spall, who is wonderful in almost everything he does, never seems to settle in to the character of Fagin, and the make-up and hair artists make him look like an ugly fat woman most of the time. Nancy has changed color, Bill Sykes is nothing more than a yobbo, not the looming villain so well-portrayed by Oliver Reed in the musical version. Even the reliable Edward Fox turns in a two-dimensional performance as Brownlow.

The music score is also horrendous, jumping from style to style but never anything remotely Victorian. (Electric guitar? Banjo? Steel drums?)

I don't have a problem with making new versions of classics. I also don't have a problem with updating classics, as in WEST SIDE STORY or even Baz Luhrman's ROMEO + JULIET. But what we have in OLIVER TWIST is a warped classic, a hack's idea of making a great plot more palatable for the 21st-century audience. You can change the ambiance or the costumes, but don't give us a new story and claim it's a classic. This type of bilge is running rampant in current British productions (Wuthering Heights, Marple, etc.). Seek out an older version for something that resembles the original, or at least holds the original in high regard. The director and screenwriter for this production obviously see Dickens as raw material to be improved upon. The joke is on them.


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