Oliver Twist

Re-airing in March, 2012 on some PBS stations.   Check local listings

Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist (William Miller) seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin (Timothy Spall, Harry Potter films) and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. But an evil far greater and much closer than Oliver could imagine threatens him and all those around him. Tom Hardy (Wuthering Heights) and Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees) also star in this bold adaptation of Charles Dickens's moving story of a heroic young boy determined to find his way home.

Timothy Spall as Fagin
The actor discusses his passion for Dickens, reinventing Fagin and his interest in eccentric roles.

Find out how the main characters fit into the story, and explore the careers of the actors who portray them.

Teacher's Guides
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