Oliver Twist (1962 TV serial)

Oliver Twist is a 1962 BBC TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1838 novel Oliver Twist, serialised in 13-episodes.[1][2] Due in part to its transmission at Sunday teatimes, the production proved to be controversial, with questions asked in Parliament and many viewer complaints over the brutal murder of Nancy by Bill Sikes in its eleventh episode.[3][4] The serial has survived intact, and was released to DVD in 2017 by Simply Media.[5]

Oliver Twist
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Opening title
GenrePeriod drama
Written by
Directed byEric Tayler (uncredited)
StarringBruce Prochnik
Max Adrian
Peter Vaughan 
ComposerRon Grainer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes13
Production
ProducerEric Tayler
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC tv
Original release7 January (1962-01-07) –
1 April 1962 (1962-04-01)

PlotEdit

For a detailed plot, see Oliver Twist.

CastEdit

  • Bruce Prochnik as Oliver Twist (13 episodes)
  • Max Adrian as Fagin (11 episodes) 
  • Peter Vaughan as Bill Sikes (10 episodes) 
  • Carmel McSharry as Nancy (10 episodes)
  • John Carson as Monks (9 episodes) 
  • George Curzon as Mr. Brownlow (8 episodes) 
  • Willoughby Goddard as Mr. Bumble (8 episodes) 
  • Alan Rothwell as Charley Bates (8 episodes) 
  • Gay Cameron as Rose Maylie (7 episodes) 
  • Lloyd Pearson as Dr. Losberne (6 episodes) 
  • Peter Furnell as Tom Chitling (6 episodes) 
  • Melvyn Hayes as The Artful Dodger (5 episodes) 
  • Peggy Thorpe-Bates as Mrs. Bumble (5 episodes) 
  • William Mervyn as Mr. Grimwig (5 episodes) 
  • Noel Hood as  Mrs. Maylie (4 episodes) 
  • John Breslin as  Harry Maylie (4 episodes) 
  • Barry Wilsher as Noah Claypole (4 episodes) 
  • Madeleine Christie as Mrs. Bedwin (4 episodes) 
  • Richard Caldicot as Giles (4 episodes) 
  • Peter Stephens as Mr. Limbkins (3 episodes) 
  • Priscilla Morgan as Charlotte (3 episodes) 
  • Donald Eccles as  Mr. Sowerberry (3 episodes) 
  • Harry Landis as Toby Crackit (3 episodes) 
  • Aimée Delamain as Old Sally (2 episodes) 
  • Aubrey Morris as Brittles (2 episodes) 
  • Fred Ferris as Man (2 episodes) 
  • Kenneth Adams as  Man (2 episodes) 
  • Peter Bennett as Barney (2 episodes) 
  • Eric Dodson as Gentleman (2 episodes) 
  • Jane Merrow as Oliver's Mother (1 episode) 
  • Alec Foster as Carter (1 episode) 
  • Barbara Hicks as Mrs. Sowerberry (1 episode) 
  • Robert Mooney as Surgeon (1 episode) 
  • Patricia Pacy as Mary (1 episode)
  • Mary Quinn as Mrs. Mann (1 episode) 
  • Raymond Adamson as Police Officer (1 episode) 
  • Jean Theobald as Susan (1 episode) 
  • Meadows White as Bookseller (1 episode) 
  • Péter Delmár as Ned (1 episode) 
  • Janet Barrow as Old Woman (1 episode) 
  • Howard Douglas as Landlord (1 episode) 
  • Victor Platt as Blathers (1 episode) 
  • Rosemary Rogers as Martha (1 episode) 
  • Philip Anthony as Duff (1 episode)
  • John Barrett as Old Man (1 episode) 
  • David King as Gentleman of the Workhouse Board (1 episode)
  • Margot Thomas as Woman (1 episode) 
  • Reginald Green as Gentleman of the Workhouse Board (1 episode)
  • Winifred Hill as Woman (1 episode) 
  • Henry McCarthy as Master of Workhouse (1 episode)
  • Margaret Wolfit as Bet (1 episode) 
  • Ray Alderson as Boy (1 episode) 
  • Lane Meddick as Pedlar (1 episode) 
  • Edwin Brown as  Man (1 episode) 
  • Maurice Durant as Warder (1 episode) 
  • Barbara Leake as Cook (1 episode) 
  • Ursula Hirst as Housemaid (1 episode) 
  • Richard Mayes as Man (1 episode) 
  • Gareth Tandy as Boy (1 episode) 
  • Robert S. Young as Clerk of Court (1 episode) 
  • Roy Adams as Man (1 episode)
  • Robert Howell as Dick (1 episode) 
  • Ronald Mayer as Foreman of Jury (1 episode)
  • Arthur Ridley as Judge (1 episode) 
  • Frank Sieman as Guard (1 episode) 
  • Stan Simmons as Butcher's Boy (1 episode) 
  • Edward Wade as Ostler (1 episode) 
  • Charles Rea as Gamekeeper (1 episode)
  • Ronald Ibbs as Gentleman (1 episode))
  • Denis Cleary as Detective (1 episode) 

Archive statusEdit

All episodes survived the BBC's junking in tact. Although the original 405-line master videotapes were wiped or destroyed, copies survived in the form of telerecordings created for preservation and/or rebroadcast. The films received restoration by Peter Crocker at SVS (known for classic Doctor Who restoration for DVD releases), although some faults such high pitched ringing over the audio and a lack of VidFIRE due to the low quality of the reels are evident on the release, which is displayed as a warning on the DVD.

Critical receptionEdit

Of its DVD release, Archive Television Musings wrote “Whilst there’s numerous adaptations of Olivier Twist to choose from, this one – thanks to the fidelity it displays to Dickens’ original novel and the performances (especially Peter Vaughan's rampaging Bill Sikes) – is certainly worth checking out.  Recommended. “[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oliver Twist: Episode 1". January 7, 1962. p. 17 – via BBC Genome.
  2. ^ "Oliver Twist Episode 6 (1962)". BFI.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Dickens on Television". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  4. ^ "BBC Television - 1 April 1962 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "What the Dickens? Charles Dickens DVD releases". SimplyHE.
  6. ^ "Oliver Twist (BBC, 1962) – Simply Media DVD Review". August 25, 2017.

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