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Oliver Twist 2007 1 Season 2007

In a dank, candlelit room on a stormy winter night, Oliver Twist (William Miller) is born into a life of seemingly hopeless poverty.

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Adam Arnold, Ruby Bentall

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1. Oliver Twist

Despite Corney and Bumble's attempts to extort money from him, Monks gets the upper hand.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes Release date: 18 December 2007
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2. Oliver Twist

Sikes goes on the run with Oliver. Brownlow and the police search Fagin's den.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes Release date: 19 December 2007
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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Coky Giedroyc
Starring Adam Arnold, Ruby Bentall
Supporting actors Morven Christie
Season year 2007
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I'm a bit late with these comments because I've only just seen this version of "Oliver Twist" on TV. I will not be buying the DVD even though Amazon have already reduced the price by 75%, which seems to reflect a need to clear the stock.

I found the changes from the original story to be somewhat problematic.

Fagin and the boys keep calling Oliver "Nolly". This is grating. Dickens used that nickname only three or four times in the novel.

Rose sings "Abide with me". The novel was finally published in 1839. The music for the poem, making it a hymn, wasn't published until 1861.

The dialogue is an uncomfortable mix of mid-19th century street talk and early 21st century slang.

Nancy is described by Dickens as "stout and hearty", not as of mixed race and skinny.

Timothy Spall, as others have commented, turns Fagin into a less-than-believable caricature but he does use the right accent and turns of phrase to suit his character. His costume is extraordinary, but perhaps it would be deemed anti-Semitic to portray him in the same way as he is drawn by Cruikshank in the original novel.

Edward Fox was, for me, the greatest disappointment in a rather two-dimensional portrayal of Mr Brownlow.

William Miller, a photogenic boy with a face to tug the heart-strings, had been coached to play a more resilient Oliver but he seemed to finish up without much feeling at all.

The background music is jarring and distracting.

Some of the sets seem to have been borrowed from an earlier film version of the story.

On the other hand, I have no disrespect for people who enjoyed it. The photography and lighting are very good. The essence of the story is still there. It's good entertainment. So I'm not arguing -- just pointing out that it's less than perfect.
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It always makes my heart sink when I watch the "behind the scenes" documentaries of TV adaptations of books, and the focus is on how they've changed things, tried to make it "relevant to the modern age" and, by implication, improved upon the original. This is an enjoyable story, but it isn't "Oliver Twist." Now, I'm not a purist. I've just finished acting in a local version of the musical, Oliver! which also strays far from Dickens' original. But this one just isn't quite right. The characters keep the same names, but are not the same people. My particular gripe is with the way the Artful Dodger is portrayed. Dodger is a boy who thinks he's a man, cynical, arrogant and a joy to read about or watch. Yet here, he is yet another sulky, stroppy teenager. Oliver, on the other hand, the writers have decided to make less wimpy than he usually comes across. No harm in that - yet is there no other way than to have him answering back the whole time? The story itself is fine, for there at least the writers have kept close to the original. But at times the characters are barely recognisable.
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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
Harry Eden.
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Despite some not liking this version of a classic tale l found it refreshing. If every film/TV/play was exactly the same the story would become very stale. Almost, like comparing a photograph to a painting. This mini series was well acted and gave the character of Oliver a more Street wise feel, instead of the Wimpy style of previous productions. After all his character would have had to live by his wits in a work house environment. Fagan as a Jew was a nice twist to other versions. My only gripe is l would like to have seen the character of Sykes more brutish and malevolent
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This is a brilliant production. I watched it with my year 8 class after studying an extract from the novel. They love Dickens! I just wish we had more time to study a whole novel but watching this was a great treat.
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Really terrible. Dickens' plot is altered massively, cutting out swathes of characters and storyline without any particular benefit. Dickens' social panorama is narrowed and the plot ceases to make any sense. Classic moments are missing, irony and pathos are squandered in favour of cheap laughs and the texture of Dickens' language is lost through the rewriting of dialogue. Fagin is altered to the point where he is evidently supposed to be a sympathetic character, a victim of anti-Semitism. It's all very well to downplay the anti-Semitism inherent in Dickens's story... it's another to try to use Dickens' story as a vehicle for a tedious, ham-fisted, crowbarred-in moral about intolerance. The acting ranges from the acceptable to the surprisingly awful, with even Tim Spall and Tom Hardy (both usually excellent) hamming it up to an embarassing extent. Only Sophie Okenedo emerges with laurels. Do yourself a favour, get the old BBC version with Eric Porter instead.
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