Airing February 15 - 22, 2009 on PBS 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.
In a Masterpiece video interview, actor Timothy Spall talks about his sympathetic spin on one of Dickens' most iconic villains.
For a limited time starting February 16, view episode one of Oliver Twist.
Find out how the main characters fit into the story, and explore the careers of the actors who portray them.
This is a different version that I grew up watching of course, but hopefully they did well with it.