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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Episode 10.

Oliver Twist - Episode 10:

The story picks up where it left off at the end of the previous episode - with Mr Brownlow revealing to the captive Monks that he is fully aware of the plot to use Fagin to disinherit Oliver. When Brownlow has finished Monks is forced to acknowledge his guilt.

At this point Dr Losberne enters with news that Sikes will soon be captured. The scene changes to an old building beside the River Thames. An angry crowd has caught up with Sikes and is trying to catch him, while Sikes tries to escape across the rooftops. Sikes has a rope and intends to let himself down to the river...but at the critical moment he is haunted by Nancy's eyes again...and loses his footing...

Two days later Oliver and his new friends make their way to the town of Oliver's birth. In the evening Mr Brownlow joins them at their hotel and then produces Monks...and the revelation that Monks is Oliver's half brother. The full circumstances of Oliver's birth are revealed...and of the plot by which Monks hoped to deny Oliver his birthright. At the end Oliver also discovers that Rose is his aunt.

The scene changes to the prison where Fagin - sentenced to hang - is spending his last days. Oliver visits with Mr Brownlow and asks Fagin to say a prayer with him.

The story comes to a close as we learn fate of the leading characters: Oliver - adopted by Mr Brownlow - and his new friends living happily in the country; Harry and Rose married; Charley Bates a merry farmer; Monks dying penniless in a foreign prison; Mr and Mrs Bumble inmates of the very workhouse they once presided over...

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - supporting resources:

  1. Oliver Twist - Complete programme notes (1 MB pdf)
  2. Oliver Twist - Playscript for Episode 10 (pdf)
  3. Full-size image for Episode 10 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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