Oliver Twist (2007) short review

BBC miniseries of the classic Dickens tale, with Timothy Spall as Fagin. Great production: fun to watch, interesting casting (especially Sophie Okenedo as Nancy), and they incorporated some characters/elements from the books that are often dropped. However, they also dropped other characters/elements from the books, and rewrote some important plot details related to Monks and Rose. Fagin’s Jewishness and discussions/plot points related to that are very highlighted. The costuming was fabulous, with very nice late 1830s (the book was published in 1838!), and I really liked the scum costumes.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.