Oliver Twist

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Episode 12

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Episode 11

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  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Episode 10

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Episode 9

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Timothy Spall

    Fagin

  • Tom Hardy

    Bill Sikes

  • Sophie Okonedo

    Nancy

  • William Miller (II)

    Oliver Twist

  • Rob Brydon

    Mr. Fang

  • show Description
  • The BBC produced an adaptation of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist for a new generation; the last BBC production was in 1985. This adaptation is by Sarah Phelps, one of the writers of the long-running UK serial EastEnders, and director Coky Giedroyc. The cast includes Tom Hardy as Bill Sikes, Sophie Okonedo as Nancy, and Timothy Spall as the leader of the pickpockets.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Oliver: Please Sir, I want some more. (asking for more gruel at the workhouse)

    Notes (9)

    • Original International Air Dates: Slovakia: December 28, 2009 on STV1

    • Ikey Solomon, a famous Chatham stolen goods fence in the early 1800s, was Dickens' model for Fagin.

    • BBC Drama Production and WGBH, a U.S. production company which creates the majority of PBS programs, co-produced this adaptation.

    • Some scenes were filmed at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent because the site has buildings from the Victorian and Georgian ages and cobbled streets.

    • Sarah Phelps, the writer of this adaptation, attempted to show 19th century discrimination against Jewish people by making her Fagin a more sympathetic character. For example, Fagin is visually identifiable as a practitioner of Judaism because he wears a yarmulke and keeps Kosher instead of by stereotypical ethnic physical features like a big nose as in previous character incarnations.

    • Original International Air Dates: Slovakia: December 28, 2009 on STV1

    • Original International Air Dates: Slovakia: December 29, 2009 on STV1

    • Original International Air Dates: Slovakia: December 29, 2009 on STV1

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    Trivia (5)

    • This production is the first time that a biracial or black actress (Sophie Okonedo) has portrayed Nancy in a TV series or film.

    • In Dickens' original book, the wounded Oliver is left by Sikes and taken in by the Maylie family whose house Sikes attempted to rob. Rose Maylie cares for Oliver and she is not the ward of Mr. Brownlow as indicated by this adaptation.

    • In Dicken's original book, it is Oliver's nemesis Noah Claypole who spies on Nancy and tells Fagin of her meeting with Brownlow and Rose. In this adaptation, it is the Artful Dodger who tells Fagin.

    • In Dickens' original book, Oliver is the boy who visits Fagin in jail, not the Artful Dodger as in this adaptation.

    • In Dicken's original book, Sikes is running from pursuers over rooftops and accidentally hangs himself while attempting to climb down. In this adaptation, Sikes hides in the sewers and hangs himself intentionally as either a remorseful gesture or to escape the haunting by Nancy's ghost.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sikes hides underwater while avoiding the police and he emerges in a manner similar to Captain Willard rising from the water in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Prehaps one of the best versions of Charles Dicken's Classic.

    By hgates2006, May 26, 2009