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Masterpiece Episode: "Oliver Twist"

Season 30, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: This striking three-part take on Charles Dickens' beloved rags-to-riches saga "Oliver Twist." Part 1 is a prequel, composed of material Dickens put at the end of his serialization of the story in 1839, frontloaded and fleshed out by British dramatist Alan Bleasdale. It's something of a riches-to-rags tale about Oliver's star-crossed parents (Tim Dutton, Sophia Myles) and the mess Oliver (Sam Smith) found himself in when he entered the world. Elizabeth: Lindsay Duncan. Edward: Marc Warren.
Original Air Date: Oct 8, 2000
Guest Cast Charlotte Le Moignan: Rose Fleming Lindsay Duncan: Elizabeth Leeford John Quarmby: Richard Leeford Richard Howard: Dr. Critchley Julie Walters: Mrs. Mann Michael Bertenshaw: Dr. Butchard Liz Smith: Sally Michael Kitchen: Mr. Brownlow Sam Smith: Oliver Twist Sophia Myles: Agnes Fleming Tim Dutton: Edward Leeford Alun Armstrong: Mr. Fleming Marc Warren: Edward David Ross: Mr. Brumble Simon Kunz: James Matthews Annette Crosbie: Mrs. Bedwin John Grillo: Mr. Grimwig

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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