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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
Niall O'Mara Niall O'Mara ...  Handles 2 episodes, 2007
Anton Saunders ...  Chancer 2 episodes, 2007
John Sessions ...  Mr. Sowerberry 2 episodes, 2007
Edward Tudor-Pole ...  Mr. Slipsby 2 episodes, 2007
Callum Yeoman Callum Yeoman ...  Cal 2 episodes, 2007


The adventures of the orphaned Oliver Twist in Victorian London.

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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Version of Oliver Twist (1910) See more »


Abide With Me
Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
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It's just not very good
24 February 2011 | by emilyfrySee all my reviews

Okay, I know Dickens is a classic writer but the plot of his second novel was botched to blazes so I can quite understand why a new remake would want to edit out the major improbabilities, but it made up for what it lacked by an artfully constructed atmosphere of pervasive gloom and menace and by some truly memorable villains.

On the plus side, this adaption has a much smoother plot. On the minus what a heinous chunk of bowdlerised rubbish this production is. For example - why is Oliver sold, not bought as he is in the novel? Is that horror too much, of children available to the highest bidder? Why are the lovely visitengland.com cobbles so clean, not the stinking filth of the Victorian city? Fagin has conveniently placed two tier bunk beds in his lair for the boys to sleep in, (I've stayed in worse looking youth hostels), hardly the actions of a man and a gang hunted from hide-out to hide out as he is in the book.

What is the flipping point of getting in an actress with the chops of Sophie Okonedo if you are going to mutilate the part to nothing but noble suffering. Nancy was tough, she was a sneak, a player, a genuine conflicted woman in a bad place who could still brag "there's not many people besides me that could have got out of their way." She had the nous to drug Bill Sikes with laudanum... but here she's just a cipher. It's a sad waste of one of Dickens' few interesting female roles.

BTW, 19th century London was a lot more culturally diverse than some of the American reviewers here seem to believe: try google for "The London Committee for the relief of the Back Poor" of 1786 for examples. By 1838 many brothels (Dickens' Nancy was a prostitute) offered women billed as "dusky nefertitis" and suchlike.

But the worst character destruction must be that of Bill Sikes, formerly the murderous embodiment of brutalised evil, now well a dog loving softie who spends a night in a mill pond protecting Olivers safety and carries him back to London in his arms. The artful dodger complains when not sent on a job with him. The deal with Bill Sikes is you'd have to be mad to want to go on a job with him. He's supposed to be terrifying. Best left alone. Here he's just a misunderstood wus who threatens Fagin for being mean to his dog.

The Gothic horror has been bled from Monks' character too, now just a regular upper middle class slimeball, although it's slightly concerning to see the BBC, even in the midst of its very best family-friendly clean up job, keeps a birthmark as a proof that he's born evil.

All in all, a washed out, soul-less load of tripe. This adaption might give the story more sense, but it thoroughly loses its soul.

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