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Oliver Twist 

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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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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13 October 1985 (UK) See more »

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(12 episodes)

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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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Really excellent adaptation of a Dickens classic
12 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Oliver Twist is one of Charles Dickens' most famous books and also one of his best. This adaptation is excellent, like most of the 70s-80s BBC Dickens serial adaptations, and ranks along with the 1948 David Lean film and the 1999 mini-series as one of the best adaptations of Oliver Twist as well as the most faithful. If there was anything that wasn't quite right(personal opinion of course) it was that Rose and Nancy could have been more affectionate with Oliver. Other than that, this is Dickens as it should be done. The costumes and sets are sumptuous as well as richly detailed, you can literally smell the grimy seediness which goes to show how strong the atmosphere is. The adaptation is also shot with natural skill and intricacy. The music is simple yet haunting, while the dialogue is very Dickenesian in spirit and thoughtfully written. The story is adapted faithfully, with Oliver being with Mr Sowerberry for five years and Monks being introduced earlier being the only really glaring liberties, and is told compellingly. Even with the long length and deliberate pacing, the adaptation never did feel tedious. The acting carries the production beautifully, Scott Funnell is an adorable younger Oliver, making an impression even when in just two of the twelve episodes, while Ben Rodska carries the rest of the adaptation in the same role- but older- with innocence and steel without falling into the sickly sweet category. Eric Porter's Fagin is wonderfully oily, vile and manipulative while Michael Attwell's Bill Sykes is both frightening and tormented. Amanda Harris is a vulnerable and sympathetic Nancy, and there's also the likable Rose Maylie of Lysette Anthony, Pip Donaghy's startling Monks and David Garlick's rascally Artful Dodger. There are fewer Mr Bumbles crueller and more grotesque than that of Godfrey James, Frank Middlemass is a kind and noble Mr Brownlow and Miriam Margoyles, Julian Firth and Gillian Martel also handle their roles adeptly. Overall, really excellent and will please any Dickens or literary fans. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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