Friday, December 21, 2007

The new BBC Oliver Twist

Cor, that was great! Only seen the first episode so far, and I should declare an interest, as the producer (Sarah Brown) is the exec with whom I've been developing my Teen Drama thing, but I was very impressed: Sarah Phelps' script was pleasingly shorn of yer usual (admitedly authentic) Dickensian whimsey/sentimentality, whilst subtler things like the lighting and soundtrack, two elements that the BBC either do really well (some episodes of Doctor Who) or get horrribly wrong (most other episodes of Doctor Who) were spot on.

And it's lovely seeing Julian Rhind-Tutt being evil. I always knew he had it in him.

10 comments:

Annie Rhiannon said...

Weird, I'm in Iceland with the in-laws and we're watching Oliver Twist on the TV right now... except I think it's the Roman Polanski film version.

Spooky.

Imo said...

I like evil Julian, I wonder how much he enjoyed putting his fingers up Mr Bumble's nose!

Willie Lupin said...

I've only seen one episode because I don't like book adaptations/period dramas. But I agree that this was better than most. It felt rather like Eastenders in costume (and was written by an Eastenders writer)and the contemporary dialogue often made me laugh. My favourite was "Don't think much of yours, mate."
I actually found old Bacon Rhind more appealing than he was in Green Wing. I could almost see why so many women fancy him. Not quite, but almost.

cello said...

It takes some doing to create a character even more evil than Bill Sikes.

I now demand Series 3 of GW be written where Mac turns into serial killer.

Imo said...

You can call him Bacon Rhind!!!!!

Imo said...

Or even 'can't'. Damn my fingers for typing too fast.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Oakum Boy in episode one was the most talented of the child actors. I felt his pain as he was dragged away by Rab C Nesbit.

Tim Footman said...

I'm a huge fan of Timothy Spall, but I can't see him as Fagin myself. And every Dickens adap I see from now on will be in the context of Bleak House, which is a tall order.

Still, I'll take a look at it over the next few days.

Jim said...

I thought this version of Oliver Twist was terrible. It absolutely stinks! The dialogue was totally different from the book, using some modern expressions like 'Up Yours' that were not used in Victorian times and the Artful Dodger calling Oliver 'Nollie'. A made-up town called 'Mudfog' that was never in the book. This was a total diversion away from what Dickens wrote. The background music was horrible - almost like modern rock with guitars and drums - not appropriate. This was a new low for the BBC - a terrible production - absolute rubbish. The 1985 series with Eric Porter as Fagin is far superior being true to the book.

esmeralda said...

oh julian rhind-tutt as Monks was absolutely lovely.

I really liked this adaptation. OOfffff, monks..