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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 18, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Masterpiece focuses more on Oliver's family in this latest adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel about the orphan (William Miller) who joins a gang of pickpocketers led by Fagin (Timothy Spall).
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    From spot-on casting and one extraordinary performance after another, to a bold adaptation by Sarah Phelps, to Coky Giedroyc's energizing direction, to a toe-tapping musical score (that probably doesn't belong here, but fie on that - it's fun), this Oliver Twist is a thrill ride for anyone who still believes that TV can be entertaining.
  2. 88
    Times have changed, but they haven't weakened the basic strength of Dickens' story or diminished his insights into a society in which the poor are left to their own oppressed devices unless they cross paths with the rich.
  3. The humor is wilder, the penury sadder, and Sophie Okonedo a winsome Nancy. The only bad twist is the overwrought score.
  4. Timothy Spall steps onto the screen as one of Dickens' most ambivalent villains in a largely unexceptional version adapted by Sarah Phelps.
  5. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    Director Coky Giedroyc's grittier, reality-based approach to Sarah Phelps' adaptation contrasts sharply the popular and nostalgic musical account "Oliver!" Nevertheless, this version does stay true to Dickens' original intent to call attention to social evils in harsh times.
  6. This latest production of the Dickens classic, solid but not spectacular, adds a few contemporary touches, including some rather modern-sounding background music and expressions like "go bonkers."
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Their response is a conventional condensation that sticks to the broad outlines of the book while scrambling characters and events in myriad small ways guaranteed to enrage Dickens purists.

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  1. LyndaH
    Dec 27, 2009
    Photographs on the table; an unkempt judge unrealistically young; an underground sewer- these did not exist in the 1830s. Add some modern, inappropriate music, and the whole thing was absolutely dreadful. I couldn't believe it was produced by the BBC! Expand