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Oliver Twist 

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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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Series cast summary:
Annette Crosbie ...  Mrs Bedwin 4 episodes, 1999
Marc Warren ...  Monks 4 episodes, 1999
Michael Kitchen ...  Mr Brownlow 4 episodes, 1999
Lindsay Duncan ...  Elizabeth Leeford 4 episodes, 1999
Julie Walters ...  Mrs. Mann 4 episodes, 1999
David Ross David Ross ...  Mr Bumble 4 episodes, 1999
Sam Smith Sam Smith ...  Oliver Twist 3 episodes, 1999
John Grillo ...  Mr Grimwig 3 episodes, 1999
Charlotte Le Moignan Charlotte Le Moignan ...  Young Rose Fleming 3 episodes, 1999
Emily Woof ...  Nancy 3 episodes, 1999
Robert Lindsay ...  Fagin 3 episodes, 1999
Andy Serkis ...  Bill Sikes 3 episodes, 1999
Alex Crowley Alex Crowley ...  Artful Dodger 3 episodes, 1999
Keira Knightley ...  Rose Fleming 3 episodes, 1999
Isla Fisher ...  Bet 3 episodes, 1999
Roland Manookian ...  Charley Bates 3 episodes, 1999
Liz Smith ...  Sally 2 episodes, 1999
Sarah Flind ...  Homely Maid 2 episodes, 1999
Alun Armstrong ...  Mr. Fleming 2 episodes, 1999
Sam Kelly ...  Giles 2 episodes, 1999
Morgan Jones ...  Brittles 2 episodes, 1999
Sophia Myles ...  Agnes Fleming 2 episodes, 1999
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ...  Dr. Losberne 2 episodes, 1999
Laura Grace Cockroft Laura Grace Cockroft ...  Chertsey Maid 2 episodes, 1999
Tim Dutton ...  Edwin Leeford 2 episodes, 1999
Rosalind March Rosalind March ...  Mrs. Corney 2 episodes, 1999
Iain Robertson ...  Woodcroft 2 episodes, 1999
Roger Lloyd Pack ...  Mr. Sowerberry 2 episodes, 1999
Calum MacPherson ...  Blacksmith Bignall 2 episodes, 1999
Alan Pentony Alan Pentony ...  Pedlar 2 episodes, 1999
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ...  Martha, Female Pauper 2 episodes, 1999
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Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this adaptation traces the childhood of an orphan whose mother dies giving birth to him in an English work-house in the 1820s. Little Oliver Twist, already abused, starved and overworked, is apprenticed to an undertaker and runs away to London after being bullied by an older apprentice. There, he is taken in by Fagin, a fence and thief-trainer, and his gang of pickpockets. He is befriended by Nancy, a good-hearted prostitute, and meets her lover, the brutal housebreaker Bill Sikes. But attempts by the gang to discredit him result in his being taken in by Mr. Brownlow, a wealthy and charitable man, who proves the catalyst for Oliver's discovery of his background and identity. Here Alan Bleasdale's dramatisation differs from Dickens' novel, in that Oliver does not fall into Brownlow's hands by coincidence, and we already know his back story: he's the child of a young woman named Agnes Fleming and her married lover, Edwin Leeford, who dies while on a trip... Written by G.M. Baxter

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Оливър Туист See more »

Filming Locations:

Alston, Cumbria, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The very flowery wording in the episode titles is based on the language which Charles Dickens used for the chapter titles in his original novel "Oliver Twist". See more »

Quotes

Edward: There's no point in biting my hand - I like it. Ow!
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Alternate Versions

The version which ran on ITV in England and CBC in Canada in late 1999 consisted of four two-hour episodes with commercials; the video for sale in the UK runs 386 minutes. When PBS ran the series on Masterpiece Theater in October 2000, it consisted of three two-hour episodes without commercials; the video available in North America runs 360 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Les nouvelles aventures d'Oliver Twist (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasia for Piano 4 Hands in F Minor
Music by Franz Schubert
Played onscreen by Michael Kitchen
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Will we ever see a real Oliver Twist
28 November 2004 | by nickjgSee all my reviews

Oliver Twist is a journalist's novel. The principal character has only one real purpose- as a foil for a range of villainous or inadequate or officious or bungling adults. He barely utters a thousand words in the novel, in the film he is never silent. In this version, the novel has not merely been arranged - it has been totally re-written by someone who has completely missed Dicken's intention: to show us the effects of utilitarian government in late Georgian society. Instead of using the huge range of ideas and the profound commentary- a story which contains enough for several films, the writer rifles the ideas and tries to modernise the language, at once destroying the authority of Dickens' voice and destroying some of his most memorable effects. Dickens is not so far away from us that his language needs translation and most people are literate enough to follow his ideas and arguments. The issues of the novel are as relevant today as they were then - the abuses of authority, attitudes to the destitute, exploitation of the young. Instead, Brownlow shares his sitting room with his housekeeper and asks for 'a large brandy' as though in a saloon rather than his home - this is just sheer ignorance. Fagin is politically corrected - a circus conjurer rather than Dickens' child exploiter and murderer by proxy. Fagin is based on a real person. A real moderniser might have wanted to develop those aspects of Ikey Solomons that Dickens couldn't put in print in 1836. Meanwhile, the novel is trimmed so that characters who are dead before the novel opens are brought incompetently to life and occupy large chunks of time. There is soap-opera violence instead of the real thuggery of public hangings and casual murder. Unlike David Lean, this team seem to be unable to capture Dickens' burning indignation, his contempt for self-serving officialdom. The glaring parallel between the effects of the 'respectable gentlemen' of 'the board' and of the 'merry old gentleman', Fagin on unprotected and unwanted children is missed.

This film has no more relevance to Dickens work than the Lionel Bart musical - an excellent cast and a lot of money completely wasted!


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