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 (Sam Smith), 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 (Robert Lindsay), a fence and thief-trainer, and his gang of pickpockets. He is befriended by Nancy (Emily Woof), a good-hearted prostitute, and meets her lover, the brutal housebreaker Bill Sikes (Andy Serkis). But attempts by the gang to discredit him result in his being taken in by Mr. Brownlow (Michael Kitchen), a wealthy and charitable man, who proves to be the catalyst for Oliver's discovery of his background and identity. Here Alan Bleasdale's dramatization differs from Dickens' novel, in that Oliver does not fall into Brownlow's hands by coincidence, and we already know his backstory: he's the child of a young woman ...Written by
The flowery wording in the episode titles was based on the language which Charles Dickens used for the chapter titles in his original novel "Oliver Twist". See more »
I can't. I can tell you that I'm sorry, but I can't tell you what for.
I really think you might want to.
I really think that I don't.
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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 »
I have just been watching this for a second time on cable TV here in Australia and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. Full marks to Robert Lindsay as Fagin...but what an eye-opener for me was Edward Leeford/Monks played by Marc Warren. I thought to myself, "Where has this guy been hiding?" but then looking at his profile on IMDb he has done - and is doing - so much work that I can't believe that I've only just noticed him. No-one has made this much of an impression on me since I was awakened to the talents of Tim Roth. Who will be the next brilliant actor - male or female - to come out of hiding and surprise us all?
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