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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Episode 3.

Oliver Twist - Episode 3:

Oliver appears in the magistrate's court - and Mr Brownlow, the victim of the theft - is also there, pleading leniency for the boy. Charges are dropped when a witness testifies that Oliver had nothing to do with the robbery.

Oliver is taken ill but is looked after by Mr Brownlow and his house-keeper, Mrs Bedwin. Mr Brownlow is amazed by the striking similarity between Oliver and the portrait of a young woman hanging in his home.

When Oliver recovers he pursuades Mr Brownlow to allow him outside on an errand. In the streets he is spotted by Nancy - one of Fagin's gang - and Oliver is abucted by her and the villainous Sikes.

Oliver is returned to Fagin's den where Nancy shows remorse for her part in his capture, asking that the boy be treated without violence and even preventing Sikes from setting his dog on Oliver.

Oliver briefly attempts to escape and is locked in a back room - a prisoner.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - supporting resources:

  1. Oliver Twist - Complete programme notes (1 MB pdf)
  2. Oliver Twist - Playscript for Episode 3 (pdf)
  3. Full-size image for Episode 3 from the 1st Edition

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens dramatised by Penny Leicester.

Taking part (in alphabetical order):

Mrs Bedwin: Rachel Atkins

Oliver: Jozef Batterberry

Fagin: Michael Cochrane

Nancy: Clare Corbett

Mr Bumble: Stephen Critchlow

Charley Bates: Lewis Jamieson

Sikes: Jonathan Keeble

Mr Brownlow: James Lailey

Rose: Poppy Miller

Noah Claypole: Chris Pavlo

The Artful Dodger: Bailey Pepper

Monks: Carl Prekopp

Mrs Mann: Jane Whittenshaw

Storyteller: Greg Wise

With other parts played by members of the cast.

Directed by: John Taylor

BBC production contacts: Laura Hyde / Andrew Barnes

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