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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Episode 6.

Oliver Twist - Episode 6:

Oliver is enjoying a new life in the country with Rose and Mrs Maylie but his new-found comfort is disturbed when Rose falls dangerously ill. Oliver takes a letter summoning Dr Losberne into town to post, where he has a chance meeting with Monks.

Monks recognises Oliver and recoils at the sight of him; Oliver though has no idea who Monks is.

Mrs Maylie also summons her son - Harry - and it becomes clear that Harry and Rose have an established and deeply-felt love for each other.

Rose recovers and life in the country returns to normal, with Oliver taking lessons from a local tutor. But one day he falls asleep at his books and two figures approach the window of his room through the garden. It is Monks and Fagin - who has come to confirm Oliver's identity and location.

Oliver awakes and Harry and the servants give chase to the two men but to no avail.

The scene changes to the workhouse where Oliver was born. Mr Bumble is now master of the workhouse, having made an unhappy match with Mrs Corney. At the local inn he is approached by Monks who has come to seek him out. Monks wants to know the circumstances of Oliver's birth...and Mr Bumble, sensing financial advantage, is only too happy to help him.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - supporting resources:

  1. Oliver Twist - Complete programme notes (1 MB pdf)
  2. Oliver Twist - Playscript for Episode 6 (pdf)
  3. Full-size image for Episode 6 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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