Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Let's Twist again
NOT HOSPITAL-BASED! Oliver Twist, BBC1, 8.00pm
"Please, sir. I want some more." A famous phrase indeed, but had we said it at the end of last week's Holby City, we'd have been told in no uncertain terms, "MORE? Okay, fine, but you'll have to make a note in your diaries because next week Holby's on Wednesday at 8.30pm and we're putting some Dickens on in its usual slot instead." And obviously we have nothing against literary adaptations, quite the opposite in fact, but Tuesday nights without a visit to the wards and our favourite busybodying staff just don't feel the same. We forgave them when they moved it briefly so they could try out Holby Blue in this slot, because it was two branches from the same tree, but something that doesn't involve the emergency services in any way makes us suspicious.
Anyway, this is approximately the 349th time Oliver Twist has been adapted for TV, and it's being serialised in a Bleak House sort of way (only in not quite so many parts) by Sarah Phelps, who's one of our favourite EastEnders writers. We assume you don't need to be reminded of the story, since we know you're all highly intelligent and well-read people, and know the story backwards without wondering when Nancy's going to burst out with 'As Long As He Needs Me'. Right? (And if the answer's no, then it's time to turn off the internet and go and read a book for a little while. Please.)
Obviously, as with the majority of fancy-pants adaptations these days, the cast list is very impressive: Timothy Spall, Sophie Okonedo, Sarah Lancashire, Michelle Gomez and so on, and there's an hour long opener tonight to get you into the swing of things. For those of you panicking and fearing Holby withdrawal symptoms, fret not: the outcome of the crossbow saga will be revealed tomorrow. Just keep calm for the next 24 hours, eh?