1 9 6 2 (UK)
13 x 25 minute episodes
This early BBC adaptation of the legendary Charles Dickens novel starred 13-year-old Bruce Prochnik as Oliver, Max Adrian as Fagin, Melvyn Hayes as The Artful Dodger, Peter Vaughan as Bill Sikes and Carmel McSharry as Nancy.
Shown in a Sunday teatime slot previously occupied by children’s serials, the murder of Nancy by Bill Sikes in the final episode shocked viewers and was the subject of huge protest from TV monitoring organisations. The Postmaster-General, Mr Bevins, called it “brutal and quite inexcusable” when speaking in the House of Commons.