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Surprisingly The Best Version Ive Seen!
on 11 October 2014
I understand this is going to sound a bit odd, 'a TV version better than a major film', but in my humble opinion this Mini TV series is far far better than any other version of Dicken's best loved work. I liked Roman Polanski's film, especially the performances of
Ben Kingsley as Fagin and Harry Eden as the Artful Dodger but I didn't like Barney Clark who played Oliver or Jamie Forman's Bill Sykes in the film. This version has a great great cast. Tim Spall makes a very good Fagin, Tom Hardy is as usual; outstanding! (can this guy do anything wrong?) as Bill Sykes and the lad who played Oliver, William Miller, was simply brilliant. He had some style and charisma and made the character of Oliver, far more endearing to watch than some weedy and whiny kid as those before him.
Add, the excellent Sarah Lancashire, Edward Fox and Gregor Fisher to the mix and you have a fantastic adaptation.
This may not be the most faithful adaptation of the book, it takes liberties with the plot but it has far more going on than the previous adaptation i mentioned and has a interesting twist to the Twist.
My only gripe with this adaptation was the boy who played the Artful Dodger; Adam Arnold was not a patch on the excellent