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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Episode 5.

Oliver Twist - Episode 5:

Toby Crackit comes to Fagin's den following the botched robbery and passes on the news that Oliver was wounded and abandoned in Chertsey. Fagin is furious and storms off to the Three Cripples in search of a man called Monks.

Next Fagin goes looking for Bill Sikes but Nancy tells him that Sikes has not yet returned following the robbery. Fagin's angry mood continues and he tells Nancy that if Sikes fails to return Oliver to him he better watch for his life. There is a suggestion of Fagin's financial interest in Oliver's safe return.

Nancy pretends to fall asleep and when Fagin leaves she follows him. Fagin returns to his den towards midnight where the man he was looking for earlier - Monks - is waiting for him. They go inside and Nancy secretly follows.

Fagin and Monks confer - overheard by Nancy. She is able to deduce from what she hears that both men have an evil interest in Oliver and wish to do him harm.

Meanwhile Oliver wakes in the ditch near the house in Chertsey where he was abandoned and decides his best option is to throw himself on the mercy of those he was sent to rob. He is taken into the house of Mrs Maylie and a young woman - Rose - instructs the staff to look after Oliver.

Dr Losberne arrives to examine Oliver and at this point it becomes clear that neither Mrs Maylie or Rose has actually seen Oliver being admitted to the house. When they discover that Oliver is just a child Rose pleads on Oliver's behalf, suggesting that she too - as an orphan - might have been forced by want to act as Oliver.

Arrangements are made for Oliver to stay in house while he recovers in order that they can assess what sort of child he is.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - supporting resources:

  1. Oliver Twist - Complete programme notes (1 MB pdf)
  2. Oliver Twist - Playscript for Episode 5 (pdf)
  3. Full-size image for Episode 5 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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