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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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Of the 30 or so filmed versions of the same Charles Dickens novel (excluding indirect adaptations and parodies such as Oliver & Company (1988)), this is considered the most complete and accurate adaptation, as it manages to depict almost all of the characters and incidents from the book. See more »

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The nearest to the book that we'll ever get
17 July 2006 | by awitham68See all my reviews

The BBC really know how to 'do' Dickens.

From Dudley Simpson's haunting title music to Eric Porter's sinister Fagin, this is truest adaptation of the book that I know.

The production values are spot-on, capturing the filth and seediness of Dickens' London. Michael Attwell is the most menacing of Bill Sykes and Ben Rodska makes Oliver innocent without being too goody-goody.

If that were not enough, the length of the production (6 hours) means that, for once, the sub-plots are included and the main plots are laid out as Dickens wrote them.

If 6 hours is too long then David Lean still represents the safest bet but, for the purist, this will probably never be improved upon.


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