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Masterpiece Theatre; Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist - Final Packaged Show Episode 1

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Masterpiece Theatre
Oliver Twist
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Series Description

Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Serialized in gripping monthly written installments between 1837–1839, Oliver Twist, which centers on an innocent orphan coerced into crime, captivated a young Queen Victoria, who found the story "excessively interesting" -- as did millions of her subjects. Distinguished British dramatist Alan Bleasdale sketches a richly detailed backstory for the boy, which unfolds in the first episode. The cast includes many familiar faces, among them Robert Lindsay, Sarah Miles, Michael Kitchen and Julie Walters; spunky child actor Sam Smith is the immortal Oliver.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Oliver Twist,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F2EEA244679E45B6A8C0EDCE4382E9B4.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Oliver Twist.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F2EEA244679E45B6A8C0EDCE4382E9B4>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Oliver Twist. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F2EEA244679E45B6A8C0EDCE4382E9B4
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