Man About the House
Man About the House is a British sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett, with Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy, broadcast for six series on ITV from 15 August 1973 to 7 April 1976. It was written by Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer; the series was considered daring at the time due to its subject matter of a man sharing a flat with two single women. It was recorded at its Teddington studio in Greater London, it is repeated on ITV3. Two spin-off series were made: George and Mildred and Robin's Nest. In 2004, it came 69th in a poll to find Britain's Best Sitcom; the series was remade in the United States as Three's Company in 1977. A film version was released in 1974. Richard O'Sullivan as Robin Tripp Paula Wilcox as Chrissy Plummer Sally Thomsett as Jo Yootha Joyce as Mildred Roper Brian Murphy as George Roper Doug Fisher as Larry Simmonds Roy Kinnear as Jerry Daphne Oxenford as Mrs Plummer Chrissy and Jo live in a London flat together, they both work for the same firm. The women find a stranger, student chef Robin Tripp, asleep in their bath the morning after the farewell party for their departed flatmate Eleanor.
When he meets the two girls, Robin has been in London two days, having moved from Southampton to attend college. The girls are unimpressed with Gabrielle as a potential replacement for Eleanor, they are taken with Robin for his culinary skills. Learning that Robin has been staying at the YMCA they convince him to move in, on the understanding that it will be on a platonic basis. Chrissy tells the landlord George Roper that Robin is gay to pre-empt objections to the mixed-sex living arrangement. George, in truth a sub-letting landlord placed by the council, is a miserly and unkempt man under the thumb of his domineering and sexually-frustrated wife Mildred. In the second episode, Robin's true sexuality becomes known to Mildred, she takes out her frustrations with George's lack of class and sexual inadequacy by making suggestive remarks to Robin and siding with the tenants against George. Mildred flirts with Robin at every opportunity. Robin acts in a flirtatious manner toward Chrissy and Jo; the girls have no romantic interest and spurn his mild advances, adapt to his presence in the flat.
Chrissy shows attraction to Robin but they never pursue any romantic interaction. Robin's friend Larry, a lovable rogue, appears on a recurring basis through the series. In the third series, he moves into the loft apartment above the trio's apartment and is a frequent source of trouble. Another occasional cast member is dodgy builder Jerry. Jerry is the only supporting character to reappear in Mildred. Robin's brother Norman Tripp appears in the final three episodes of the sixth and final series, starts a romance with Chrissy. Norman Eshley had a previous guest role in the series two years earlier playing a different character, was a member of the main cast of George and Mildred in which he played the Ropers' snobbish neighbour Jeffrey Fourmile. First airing on 15 August 1973, Man About the House ran until 7 April 1976, after 39 episodes in six series. In addition, on Christmas Day, 25 December 1973, a short special aired as part of All-star Comedy Carnival. Written by Johnny Hawksworth and entitled "Up To Date", it was not specially commissioned for the show, rather provided via the Production music company De Wolfe Music and most made available in 1996 by independent record company Studio2Stereo on their CD "The sound gallery – Volume two"..
In 1974, a film version was made. It was the last in a series of big screen adaptations of popular TV shows made by Hammer Films though a George & Mildred film would be made in 1980 by another studio. After the series ended in 1976, two successful spin-off series followed: George and Mildred where the Ropers move to the suburbs. Robin's Nest where Robin gets opens a bistro; the format of Man About the House was sold internationally, it was remade in the United States as Three's Company in 1976. The American Three's Company spawned the same spin-offs as Man About the House had: Three's a Crowd and The Ropers, based upon Robin's Nest and George and Mildred, respectively. All six series have been released on DVD in the UK by Network DVD, as have George and Mildred and Robin's Nest. Region 2 Releases: Series 1 - 2005 Series 2 - 30 January 2006 Series 3 - 20 March 2006 Series 4 - 7 August 2006 Series 5 - 22 January 2007 Series 6 - 14 May 2007 The Complete Series - 24 September 2007 The Complete Series - 26 May 2008Series 1 and 2 have had a US release as part of a 2-disc set by FremantleMedia.
Series 1 and 2 were released in Australia in 2004, but suffered a delay in releasing further series due to contract re-negotiations. Series 3 was released on 16 July 2008, Series 4 on 5 November 2008. Series 5 and 6 are yet to be released. Series 1 was re-released on 2 April 2009, now with the same cover art as the UK edition. Fremantle Media re-released ser
St Edmund Hall, Oxford
St Edmund Hall is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. The college has a claim to be "the oldest academical society for the education of undergraduates in any university" and is the last surviving medieval hall at the University; the college is located just off Queen's Lane, near the High Street, in central Oxford. After more than seven centuries as a men-only college, it has been coeducational since 1979; as of 2018, the college had a financial endowment of £58 million. Similar to the University of Oxford itself, the precise date of establishment of St Edmund Hall is not certain; the name St Edmund Hall first appears in a 1317 rental agreement. St Edmund Hall began life as one of Oxford's ancient Aularian houses, the medieval halls that laid the foundation of the University, preceding the creation of the first colleges; as the only surviving medieval hall, its members are known as "Aularians". The college has a history of independent thought, which brought it into frequent conflict with both Church and State.
During the late 14th and early 15th centuries it was a bastion of John Wycliffe's supporters, for which college principal William Taylor was burnt at the stake, principal Peter Payne fled the country. In the late 17th century, St Edmund Hall incurred the wrath of the Crown for fostering non-jurors, men who remained loyal to the Scottish House of Stuart and who refused to take the oath to the German House of Hanover, whom they regarded as having usurped the British throne. Queen Elizabeth II approved St Edmund Hall's charter of incorporation as a full college of the University of Oxford in 1957, although it deliberately retained its ancient title of "Hall"; the Duke of Edinburgh presented the royal charter to the college in June 1958. In 1978, women were first admitted as members of the Hall, with the first matriculations of women in 1979 and in 2015 the college celebrated the matriculation of its 3000th female student with events and exhibitions, including the display of portraits of notable women who had taught, studied or worked at the Hall in the Dining Hall, a noticeable change from the styles of portraits in most colleges.
St Edmund Hall is located on the north side of the High Street, off Queen's Lane. It borders the Carrodus Quad of The Queen's College to the south; the front quadrangle houses the porters' lodge, the Old Dining Hall, built in the 1650s, the college bar, the chapel, the Old Library and accommodation for students and Fellows. An engraving of the college coat of arms is found above the entrance to the college on Queen’s Lane; as seen in this image, the coat of arms sits above the following Latin dedication "sanctus edmundus huius aulae lux", or "St Edmund, light of this Hall". It is a common practice within the University to use chronograms for dedications; when transcribed into Latin, they are written in such a way that an important date that of a foundation or the dedication itself, is embedded in the text in Roman numerals. In the above dedication, the text is rendered as sanCtVs edMVndVs hVIVs aVLae LVX and, in this case, adding the numerals gives: C + V + M + V + V + V + I + V + V + L + L + V + X = 1246, a popular, if conservative, estimate for the establishment of the Hall.
It is the date of the canonisation of St Edmund of Abingdon. In the centre of the quadrangle is a medieval well, uncovered in 1926 during the construction of a new lecture room and accommodation; this well is believed to be the original from water. A new wellhead was added, with the inscription "haurietis aquas in gaudio de fontibus salvatoris," Latin for "with joy, draw water from the wells of salvation." These words, from Isaiah 12:3, are believed to be those spoken by St Edmund on his deathbed at Salisbury. A metal grate was added to the well to prevent injuries, but water can still be seen in the well at a depth of about 9 feet. Plans to add a wooden frame and bucket were scrapped to maintain the overall appearance of the quad; the east side of the Front Quad contains the chapel. The chapel contains a stained glass window, one of the earliest works by the artists Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, a painting above the altar named Supper at Emmaus, by Ceri Richards. Described as a'marmite painting' due to its anachronous style within the chapel, which dates to the late 17th century, the painting commemorates the granting of the college's Royal Charter.
The organ was built by Wood of Huddersfield in the 1980s. The St Edmund Hall Chapel Choir consists of eight choral scholars, two organ scholars and many other non-auditioning singers; the choir goes on two annual tours, including trips to Wells Cathedral in 2017, France, the burial place of St Edmund, in 2016 and Warsaw, Poland in 2015. Above the chapel is the Old Library, it was the last among Oxford colleges to chain its valuable books, but the first to have shelves against the walls. The Old Library is used for events and for research; the college library, the deconsecrated 12th century church of St Peter-in-the-East, was converted in the 1970s, includes the 14th century tower, which houses a tutor’s room at the top. The oldest part of the library still standing is the crypt below the church, which dates from the 1
ITV (TV network)
ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London, it was launched in 1955 as Independent Television under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority to provide competition to BBC Television, established in 1932. ITV is the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name. ITV is a network of television channels that operate regional television services as well as sharing programmes between each other to be displayed on the entire network. In recent years, several of these companies have merged, so the fifteen franchises are in the hands of two companies; the ITV network is to be distinguished from ITV plc, the company that resulted from the merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communications in 2004 and which holds the Channel 3 broadcasting licences in England, southern Scotland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.
With the exception of Northern Ireland, the ITV brand is the brand used by ITV plc for the Channel 3 service in these areas. In Northern Ireland, ITV plc uses the brand name UTV. STV Group plc uses the STV brand for its two franchises of northern Scotland; the origins of ITV lie in the passing of the Television Act 1954, designed to break the monopoly on television held by the BBC Television Service. The act created the Independent Television Authority to regulate the industry and to award franchises; the first six franchises were awarded in 1954 for London, the Midlands and the North of England, with separate franchises for Weekdays and Weekends. The first ITV network to launch was London's Associated-Rediffusion on 22 September 1955, with the Midlands and North services launching in February 1956 and May 1956 respectively. Following these launches, the ITA awarded more franchises until the whole country was covered by fourteen regional stations, all launched by 1962; the network has been modified several times through franchise reviews that have taken place in 1963, 1967, 1974, 1980 and 1991, during which broadcast regions have changed and service operators have been replaced.
Only one service operator has been declared bankrupt, WWN in 1963, with all other operators leaving the network as a result of a franchise review. Separate weekend franchises were removed in 1968 and over the years more services were added; the Broadcasting Act 1990 changed the nature of ITV. This criticised part of the review saw four operators replaced, the operators facing different annual payments to the Treasury: Central Television, for example, paid only £2000—despite holding a lucrative and large region—because it was unopposed, while Yorkshire Television paid £37.7 million for a region of the same size and status, owing to heavy competition. Following the 1993 changes, ITV as a network began to consolidate with several companies doing so to save money by ceasing the duplication of services present when they were all separate companies. By 2004, ITV was owned by five companies, of which two and Granada had become major players by owning between them all the franchises in England, the Scottish borders and the Isle of Man.
That same year, the two merged to form ITV plc with the only subsequent acquisitions being the takeover of Channel Television, the Channel Islands franchise, in 2011. and UTV, the franchise for Northern Ireland, in 2015. The ITV network is not owned or operated by one company, but by a number of licensees, which provide regional services while broadcasting programmes across the network. Since 2016, the fifteen licences are held by two companies, with the majority held by ITV Broadcasting Limited, part of ITV plc; the network is regulated by the media regulator Ofcom, responsible for awarding the broadcast licences. The last major review of the Channel 3 franchises was in 1991, with all operators' licences having been renewed between 1999 and 2002 and again from 2014 without a further contest. While this has been the longest period that the ITV Network has gone without a major review of its licence holders, Ofcom announced that it would split the Wales and West licence from 1 January 2014, creating a national licence for Wales and joining the newly separated West region to Westcountry Television, to form a new licence for the enlarged South West of England region.
All companies holding a licence were part of the non-profit body ITV Network Limited, which commissioned and scheduled network programming, with compliance handled by ITV plc and Channel Television. However, due to amalgamation of several of these companies since the creation of ITV Network Limited, it has been replaced by an affiliation system. Approved by Ofcom, this results in ITV plc commissioning and funding the network schedule, with STV and UTV paying a fee to broadcast it. All licensees have the right to opt out of network programming (except fo
Heartbeat (UK TV series)
Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire based on the "Constable" series of novels written by ex-policeman Peter N Walker, under the pseudonym Nicholas Rhea, broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made on location. Heartbeat first aired on Friday 10 April 1992; the 372nd and final episode aired on Sunday 12 September 2010. Heartbeat proved popular from the beginning, when early series drew over 10 million viewers. In 2001, Heartbeat came sixth in the UK TV ratings list with a peak audience of 13.82 million, it was sixth again in 2003, with 12.8 million viewers. In autumn 2008, typical viewing figures were around 6 million per episode. Conceived as a vehicle for Nick Berry, on whom early series centred, the show has seen many characters come and go over the years. Derek Fowlds and William Simons were the only main-cast actors who remained with the show over its entire 18-series run. Heartbeat is set in the 1960s. Although the specific timeframe is vague, various episodes appear to correspond to events between 1964 and 1969.
For the series transmitted between 1992 and 1999, the setting corresponded with the date 30 years before. After 1999 the series was "frozen" in 1969; the series revolves around the work of a group of police officers in the fictional town of Ashfordly and the village of Aidensfield in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The series was based on the'"Constable"' books written by former policeman Peter Walker, under the pen-name Nicholas Rhea; the title Heartbeat was chosen to represent "the bobby's beat and the medical connotations of the word'heart'". The show was a starring vehicle for ex-EastEnders actor Nick Berry, cast as PC Nick Rowan, the Aidensfield policeman newly arrived from London with his wife Kate, a doctor. Berry sings Heartbeat's theme song — the Buddy Holly song of the same name. Berry's recording reached number 2 on the UK singles chart in 1992. In series, the role of the village policeman continued to be central to the storyline but the main cast were listed in alphabetical order in the opening credits, reflecting the show's evolution into an ensemble drama.
In the 2005 series no fewer than twelve regular actors had their names and faces included in the opening credits— at the time a record for any British series. In series 18 this had increased to thirteen; the record has since been broken by Holby City, which during the stages of its 2009–10 series had sixteen regular actors appearing and listed in the opening credits. The show features political storylines, though occasional references to the counterculture movement are made during some episodes. Sixties pop music is prominent; some 1970s records appear anachronistically, such as the Hollies' 1974 song "The Air That I Breathe", Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" or Pink Floyd's 1971 instrumental "One of These Days." The series 17 finale "You Never Can Tell" is accompanied by the Flying Pickets' 1983 song "Only You", an episode which featured a guest appearance by the band's lead singer Brian Hibbard. Although its storylines involved serious crime and human tragedy series of Heartbeat dealt with these themes in a cosy and comfortable manner compared to more modern TV police dramas, much of the grittiness and social realism of the early series disappeared, though "Another Little Piece Of My Heart" was preceded by a viewer discretion warning for "containing scenes of domestic violence".
The first series dealt with the experiences of a young married couple, PC Nick Rowan and Doctor Kate Rowan, arriving in a small North Riding village after living in London. Both faced initial suspicion from the villagers, but over the course of the series came to be accepted as part of the community; the stories focused entirely on the experiences of the two main characters. The build-up to the wedding of Sandra and Alan, two youngsters from the village, provided a running thread through the first series; however and Alan were never seen, or mentioned, after the first series. Once the characters had settled in, subsequent series focused more on criminal and medical storylines, with a greater role for the other policemen at the Ashfordly station, who had appeared in the first series but only as quite minor supporting characters. Various new characters were introduced along the way, such as Gina Ward, who would become landlady of the Aidensfield Arms village pub, Bernie Scripps and proprietor of the Aidensfield Garage, David Stockwell, hired hand and taxi/lorry driver.
During the filming of series 4 Niamh Cusack, who played Nick's wife, became pregnant with her first and only child. In attempts to keep her to continue with the series the show's producers offered to write a new child character into the Rowan's storyline. Before filming for series 5 began Cusack decided that the prospect of motherhood meant it was time for her to leave the cast of Heartbeat and hence her character was "killed off" in 1995. After Kate's death from leukaemia, Nick Rowan gained teacher Jo Weston; the two married and emigrated to Canada, the central role of local Aidensfield bobby subsequently changed hands several times—as did the role of Aidensfield doctor. These and numerous other change
Jonathan Creek is a British mystery crime drama series produced by the BBC and written by David Renwick. It stars Alan Davies as the title character, who works as a creative consultant to a stage magician while solving supernatural mysteries through his talent for logical deduction and his understanding of illusions; the series ran semi-regularly from 1997 to 2004, broadcasting for four series and two Christmas specials co-starring Caroline Quentin as Creek's collaborator, writer Maddy Magellan. After Quentin's departure in 2001, Julia Sawalha joined the cast as new character Carla Borrego, a theatrical agent turned television presenter. Following a five-year hiatus, the series returned for a one-off special on 1 January 2009, "The Grinning Man", which featured Sheridan Smith as another paranormal investigator with whom Creek joins forces. A further 90-minute special "The Judas Tree", was filmed in October 2009 and broadcast on 4 April 2010. Sheridan Smith reprised her role as Joey in both specials.
Series 5 featured Sarah Alexander as Jonathan's wife Polly. These episodes were shown at 9 pm on 7 and 14 March 2014 respectively. In 2014, conflicting reports surfaced regarding Alan Davies's view of the show. In one article published online he was said to be'happy to do Jonathan Creek for another ten years' and praised David Renwick's talent as a writer. Another newspaper report quoted the star as saying that he had become unhappy playing Jonathan Creek and bemoaned both the BBC and the show's harrowing production schedule. On 4 March 2016, it was reported that the series would be returning for another 90-minute one-off special, with filming to begin in summer 2016; this new 90-minute special aired on 28 December 2016. Sarah Alexander returned as Jonathan Creek's wife Polly, alongside guest stars Warwick Davis, Emun Elliott and Rosalind March; the cult success of the series won it the BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 1998. It was notable for featuring comic sub-plots that lent a lot of humour to the series.
Unusually, it was produced by the BBC's in-house Entertainment department rather than the Drama department – this was because Renwick preferred working with people he knew rather than the people at Drama who might not share his vision. It has included guest-stars such as Bob Monkhouse, Griff Rhys Jones, Rik Mayall, Jack Dee, Bill Bailey, John Bird and Nigel Planer; the first two series were broadcast in the U. S. on a number of PBS stations, while the remainder aired on BBC America. David Renwick wanted to write a detective series that dealt with the actual work of detection rather than action, which most crime dramas appeared to focus on at the time. Whereas most of these were about who did it and why it was done, this new series would be about how it was done, with such tropes as murders committed in locked rooms, a person being in two places at once or impossible thefts. Finding a culprit would still be part of the detective's job, but the emphasis would be on discovering how the crime was committed.
Magic would play an important part of the series, but it would be in the form of tricks and sleight-of-hand used by stage magicians to audiences. The programme exposed how such tricks are done, but in a way quite banal compared to the trick itself; the series would focus on the relationship between Creek and his collaborator Maddy Magellan, a writer who uses dishonest means in order to expose miscarriages of justice. It would be a platonic one, though they do at some stage consummate their relationship only to agree that it must never happen again. Caroline Quentin was Renwick's first choice for Maddy Magellan, but the casting of Creek proved something of a problem. Renwick had wanted Nicholas Lyndhurst. Rik Mayall was offered the part, but was, at the time, busy with stage work. Hugh Laurie showed a great deal of interest and agreed to take the part, but turned it down as he could not figure out Creek's motivations for investigating the cases Maddy involves him in when he shows so much reluctance in some of the episodes.
Others who were tried for the part included Angus Deayton. A dozen actors were considered before Susan Belbin saw Alan Davies during a rehearsal for a sitcom. Davies was invited round to talk to Renwick and "turned up in his duffle coat with straggly hair and a broad grin was self-evidently the closest match yet to Creek as we had always seen him"; the role of Adam Klaus was cast to Anthony Head in 1997 in the pilot episode. However, after accepting the role of Rupert Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Head was unable to play Adam Klaus in episodes, leaving the way clear for Stuart Milligan to take over the role until the present; this explains why Adam Klaus is missing in episodes 2–5 of series 1. 1 Anthony Head portrays Adam Klaus in the pilot episode. Many well-known actors have appeared in the series, including Bob Monkhouse, Rik Mayall and Jack Dee who are better known for their comedy roles. Other guest stars
Yes Minister is a political satire British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. Split over three seven-episode series, it was first transmitted on BBC2 from 1980 to 1984. A sequel, Prime Minister, lasted 17 episodes and ran from 1986 to 1988. All but one of the episodes lasted half an hour, all ended with a variation of the title of the series spoken as the answer to a question posed by Minister Jim Hacker. Several episodes were adapted for BBC Radio. Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of Jim Hacker, played by Paul Eddington, his various struggles to formulate and enact policy or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Sir Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is caught between the two; the sequel, Prime Minister, continued with the same cast and followed Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10 upon the resignation of the previous Prime Minister.
The series in 2004 was voted sixth in the Britain's Best Sitcom poll. It was the favourite television programme of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher; the series opens in the wake of a general election in which the incumbent government has been defeated by the opposition party, to which Jim Hacker MP belongs. His party affiliation is never stated, his party emblem is neither Conservative nor Labour; the Prime Minister offers Hacker the position of Minister of Administrative Affairs, which he accepts. Hacker goes to his department and meets his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, his Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley. While Appleby is outwardly deferential towards the new minister, he is prepared to defend the status quo at all costs. Woolley is sympathetic towards Hacker but as Appleby reminds him, Woolley's civil service superiors, including Appleby, will have much to say about the course of his future career, while ministers do not stay long in one department and have no say in civil service staffing recommendations.
Many of the episodes revolve around proposals backed by Hacker but frustrated by Appleby, who uses a range of clever stratagems to defeat ministerial proposals while seeming to support them. Other episodes revolve around proposals promoted by Appleby but rejected by Hacker, which Appleby attempts by all means necessary to persuade Hacker to accept, they do join forces in order to achieve a common goal, such as preventing the closure of their department or dealing with a diplomatic incident. As the series revolves around the inner workings of central government, most of the scenes take place in private locations, such as offices and exclusive members' clubs. Lynn said that "there was not a single scene set in the House of Commons because government does not take place in the House of Commons; some politics and much theatre takes place there. Government happens in private; as in all public performances, the real work is done behind closed doors. The public and the House are shown what the government wishes them to see."
However, the episode "The Compassionate Society" does feature an audio recording of Yesterday in Parliament in which Hacker speaks in the House of Commons, other episodes include scenes in the Foreign Secretary's House of Commons office and a Committee room. At the time of the making of the series, television cameras were not allowed in the House of Commons and had only been introduced into the House of Lords, so it was not unusual to a British audience to have no scenes from there; the Right Honourable Jim Hacker MP elevated to the House of Lords as Lord Hacker of Islington, was the editor of a newspaper called Reform before going into politics. He spent a good deal of time in Parliament on the Opposition benches before his party won a general election. In Yes Minister, he is the Minister for Administrative Affairs and a cabinet minister, in Yes, Prime Minister he becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Hacker received his degree from the London School of Economics, for which he is derided by the Oxford-educated Sir Humphrey.
His early character is that of a gung-ho, but naïve, bringing sweeping changes to his department. Before long, Hacker begins to notice that Civil Service tactics are preventing his planned changes being put into practice; as he learns, he becomes more cynical, using some of the Civil Service ruses himself. While Sir Humphrey held all the aces, Hacker now and again plays a trump card of his own. Throughout Yes Minister, Hacker, at his worst, is portrayed as a publicity-seeking bungler, incapable of making a firm decision, he is prone to embarrassing blunders, is a frequent target of criticism from the press and stern lectures from the Chief Whip. However, he is shown to be politically savvy, he becomes more aware of Sir Humphrey's real agenda. In Yes, Prime Minister, Hacker becomes more statesmanlike, he dreams up his "Grand Design" and hones his diplomatic skills. Nearly all of these efforts land him in trouble. In a Radio Times interview to promote Yes, Prime Minister, Pa
Oliver Twist (1999 miniseries)
Oliver Twist is a 1999 television miniseries produced by ITV based on the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. The first episode revolved around Oliver's parents as they struggled to fight their love for each other. Edwin struggled with his estranged wife Elizabeth Leeford, mother of his son Edward Leeford, Agnes struggled with her family's life; when it came to them both being together, Elizabeth murdered planned on murdering Agnes. She made Monks kill her. Agnes was pregnant with Oliver, she collapsed. Once he reached nine years of age, Oliver was taken to a different sort of workhouse where he was abused and tortured; the boys of the workhouse pulled straws to decide. He was sold to Mr Sowerberry, after Mr Bumble beat him. Most of Mr Sowerberry's family abused Oliver as well; when Noah Claypole insulted Oliver's mother he ran away. Monks, aware that Oliver was alive, arranged for Fagin to take the boy in and train him as a pick-pocket. Oliver was taken to Fagin. Oliver believed Fagin to be a magician.
Monks arrived and began having a fit when Oliver was asleep, shortly after he told Fagin that he wanted Oliver to be disgraced in public. Fagin set up Oliver to get caught pick pocketing by Mr Brownlow. Dodger and Charley stole from Mr Brownlow, the Dodger pushed Oliver into him and the street thought Oliver was guilty. Before the trial, Oliver was badly beaten and when he came to the trial the drunken magistrate. During the trial, the owner of the book store reveals; the charges are dropped and Oliver is thrown out onto the streets. Mr Brownlow takes Oliver in and Oliver lives with him and Mrs Bedwin, unaware that Mr Brownlow was close to his mother and father. Nancy is forced to bring Oliver back by Bill, she does so, despite Oliver's best attempts. Mr Brownlow shows hostility towards Mrs Bedwin and sends her to another house down South. Oliver is taken back to Fagin's hideout and the gang strips him of his clothes and take the books and money he was given to return by Brownlow. Bill Sykes comes up with a plan to steal money from a house down south, it's the house in which Mrs Bedwin is now living.
Agnes' sister Rose is living there too. Oliver and one of Fagin's thugs break in and Oliver is shot by the guards. Oliver is dumped in a ditch by Bill. Fagin informs Monks who loses his temper unaware that Nancy is listening outside the door. Oliver is found by Mrs Bedwin and the guards and taken in. Mr Brownlow arrives to apologise to Mrs Bedwin, they make up and Mr Brownlow learns what happened to Oliver. Fagin and Monks head to find if Oliver is still alive, when they arrive Oliver sees Fagin and Rose sees Monks, who she saw years ago trying to kill her sister; when Fagin learns that Brownlow is looking for him, he tells his gangs to scatter. Meanwhile, Mr Brownlow and the others move back to London to continue their search. Rose tells Mr Brownlow about her nightmares of Agnes' attacker and her vows to find him. Nancy heads to Brownlow's house to tell him what she heard between Fagin. Fagin is aware of her deceit and send Dodger and Charley to spy on her. Dodger returns and Fagin tells Bill. Elizabeth dies of a heart attack and Monks means to end his quest to have Oliver convicted.
He is arrested afterwards, though. By Brownlow and his guards. Bill kills her, she is found by one of Nancy's friends. A manhunt begins for Bill. Fagin begins to lose control of the situation and is forced to change his looks in order not to be captured. Bill is cornered when an army of London men and women plan to kill him, he leads them up to Fagin's new quarters and the pair plan an escape, they both make their way up on the rooftop. Fagin pretends that Bill has kidnapped him and Bill loses his balance and falls off the building to his death. Fagin is mistaken for a humble victim. Oliver recognises Fagin and he is arrested by the police. Oliver and Brownlow visit Fagin in prison to find out about a letter. Fagin tells Oliver. Whilst in prison, Fagin shows signs of becoming insane as he talks to himself and is forgetting he's in prison. Brownlow and Oliver find the letter, made by Oliver's father to his mother. Brownlow reads the letter. Monks tells Brownlow and Oliver about the horrible childhood he has had and promises to change his ways, Brownlow frees him and allows him to go down South.
Years Monks is married and expecting a baby and Rose marries the man of her dreams – Doctor Losberne. Oliver is present at the wedding. Sam Smith as Oliver Twist Robert Lindsay as Fagin Julie Walters as Mrs. Mann Michael Kitchen as Mr. Brownlow Alun Armstrong as Captain Fleming Lindsay Duncan as Elizabeth Leeford David Ross as Mr. Bumble Andy Serkis as Bill Sykes David Bark-Jones as Doctor Losberne Tim Dutton as Edwin Leeford Marc Warren as Monks Annette Crosbie as Mrs. Bedwin Emily Woof as Nancy Isla Fisher as Bet Roger Lloyd-Pack as Mr. Sowerberry Sophia Myles as Agnes Fleming Keira Knightley as Rose Maylie Roland Manookian as Charley Bates The adaptation, by Alan Bleasdale, attracted controversy for the decision to begin with two hours of backstory (