Summary: Okay, I know Dickens is a classic writer but the plot of his second novel was botched to blazes so I can quite understand why a new remake would want to edit out the major improbabilities, but it made up for what it lacked by an artfully constructed atmosphere of pervasive gloom and menace and by some truly memorable villains. On the plus side, this adaption has a much smoother plot. On the minus what a heinous chunk of bowdlerised rubbish this production is.
Summary: I feel sorry for anyone who makes his first acquaintance with Dickens' classic through this ill-conceived version that tampers irreparably with the original story. The first mistake was hiring a screenwriter best-known for work on a British soap to write the script. She felt obligated to make it more "hip" by inserting words and dialog that aren't appropriate to the time period, and by completely twisting parts of the plot and some of its main characters.
Summary: This isn't one of BBC's greatest moments. I wouldn't go as far to call this rubbish But though a great production it falls down on many levels. For the authenticity the BBC has made a little effort and all due credit, but I did think that have a coloured Nancy did detract from the realism for me Sophie Okowendo is a great actress but I feel the part of Nancy was not for her. Fagin was a bit of a let down he was just so passive.
Excerpt: Oliver Twist is about a 9 year old orphan boy living in the 1880s and who lives in a work house. One day Oliver loses a short straw game with his friends which means he has to go and ask the big mean govner Mr Bumble for more food. But of course Mr Bumble is outraged at Olivers greed and the poor little thing gets sold to an undertaker. At the undertakers they are just as horrible to Oliver and he is bullied by the teenage son, so Oliver runs away.