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0120200119

Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist is a powerful indictment of child poverty and exploitation, as relevant now as when it was written. A young orphan’s epic search for family and home lies at the heart of award-winning writer Ayeesha Menon’s radical updating of Dickens’ story to modern-day Nigeria and the refugee journey to Britain.

Directed by acclaimed theatre director Michael Buffong, this classic story is reimagined as a powerful and moving drama for today.

Episode 1:
Ogoniland, rural Nigeria. Ten-year-old Oli plays with best friend Mene. Innocent games against a background of fear because, the next day, the oil company are coming to take their land. When the villagers fight back, many of them are killed - leaving Oli and Mene as orphans who only have each other.

They have to find work to survive at a mining camp run by ruthless Tinube. Ambitious documentary-maker Jann persuades Oli to take him down the mine to film, but Tinube is furious and locks Oli away. When Oli is released, he discovers Mene has been sold and taken away, and he is left truly alone.

Oli’s journey to find his best friend leads him to Lagos where a chance meeting with streetwise Dodger and his gang sparks a series of events that none of them can outrun.

CAST:
Oli - Jordan Nash
Young Mene - Maryam Drammeh
Agnes - Bisola Elizabeth Alabi
Saro - Charles Venn
Tinubu - Danny Sapani
Pastor Solomon - Cyril Nri
Mene - Tamara Lawrance
Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien
Jann - Alexander Campbell
Kwame - Alfie Nash
Mrs Solomon -Jumoke Fashola
Noah - Samuel Adebayo
Dodger - Nifemi Bankole
Bet - Nina Cassells
The children in the mine are played by Ethan Langley, Isiah Adeyeye, Marvellous Aigbedion and Saria Joye

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon
Produced by Gill Parry
Directed by Michael Buffong

Music by Tunde Jegede
Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond
Photography by The Masons
Development concept written by Silas Parry
Cultural Advisor: Onassis Andem
Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards
Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden

A CONNECTfilm production for BBC Radio 4

A radical updating of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist.

A radical reimagining of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist

01Oliver: Lagos to London Episode 120200119

Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist is a powerful indictment of child poverty and exploitation, as resonant now as when it was written. A young orphan’s epic search for family and home lies at the heart of award winning writer Ayeesha Menon’s radical updating of Dickens’ story to modern day Nigeria and the refugee journey to Britain.

It's a classic story reimagined as a powerful and moving drama for today.

Episode 1:
Ogoniland, rural Nigeria. Ten year old Oli plays with best friend Mene. Innocent games against a background of fear because, the next day, the oil company are coming to take their land. When the villagers fight back many of them are killed, leaving Oli and Mene as orphans who only have each other.

They have to find work to survive – and it’s hard labour, at a mining camp run by ruthless Tinube. Ambitious documentary maker Jann persuades Oli to take him down the mine to film, but Tinube is furious and locks Oli away. When Oli is released, he discovers Mene has been sold and taken away, and he is left truly alone.

Oli’s journey to find his best friend leads him to Lagos where a chance meeting with streetwise Dodger and his gang sparks a series of events that none of them can outrun.

CAST
Oli - Jordan Nash
Young Mene - Maryam Drammeh
Agnes - Bisola Elizabeth Alabi
Saro - Charles Venn
Tinubu - Danny Sapani
Pastor Solomon - Cyril Nri
Mene - Tamara Lawrance
Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien
Jann - Alexander Campbell
Kwame - Alfie Nash
Mrs Solomon -Jumoke Fashola
Noah - Samuel Adebayo
Dodger - Nifemi Bankole
Bet - Nina Cassells
The children in the mine aree played by Ethan Langley, Isiah Adeyeye, Marvellous Aigbedion and Saria Joye

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon
Produced by Gill Parry
Directed by Michael Buffong

Music by Tunde Jegede
Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond
Development concept written by Silas Parry
Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards
Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden

A CONNECTfilm production for BBC Radio 4

A radical updating of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist.

A radical reimagining of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist

0220200126

Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist is a powerful indictment of child poverty and exploitation, as relevant now as when it was written. A young orphan’s epic search for family and home lies at the heart of award-winning writer Ayeesha Menon’s radical updating of Dickens’ story to modern-day Nigeria and the refugee journey to Britain.

Directed by acclaimed theatre director Michael Buffong, this classic story is reimagined as a powerful and moving drama for today.

Episode 2:
In Lagos, Oli is now fifteen and a key member of an exuberant gang of Area Boys who sell drugs for notorious underworld figure Miss Saffron Hill. High-octane capers through the backstreets of Lagos, a world of new tricks and double-edged jokes - but Oli never stops looking for his best friend Mene.

Cast:
Oli - Idris Debrand
Babatunde - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 
Nancy - Tamara Lawrance
Bill - Fehinte Balogun
Dodger - Sylvester Akinrolabu
Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien
Grimwig - Charles Venn
Inspector Ndbuisi - Kalungi Ssebandeke 
Charlie - Samuel Adebayo 
Auntie Bello - Jumoke Fashola 
Blessing - Marlene Madenge
Zaki - Ali Zayn
Hotel guest - Ayeesha Menon
Hotel Receptionist - Samantha Mandaza

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon
Produced by Gill Parry
Directed by Michael Buffong

Music by Tunde Jegede
Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond
Photography By The Masons
Development concept written by Silas Parry
Cultural Advisor: Onassis Andem
Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards
Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden

A CONNECTfilm production for BBC Radio 4

A radical updating of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist.

A radical reimagining of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist

0320200202

Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist is a powerful indictment of child poverty and exploitation, as relevant now as when it was written. A young orphan’s epic search for family and home lies at the heart of award-winning writer Ayeesha Menon’s radical updating of Dickens’ story to modern-day Nigeria and the refugee journey to Britain.

Directed by acclaimed theatre director Michael Buffong, this classic story is reimagined as a powerful and moving drama for today.

Episode 3:
Oli has become a hardened 20-year-old, who’s forgotten his best friend Mene and all their dreams. Saffron Hill is grooming Oli as the gang’s new leader, and persuades Bill to include him in a plan that will earn them a small fortune. But when they get to the rendezvous, Oli’s kind heart ruins the callous scheme and he pays a heavy price...

Is this the end of Oli’s last desperate hope of escape and the possibility of a new life?

Cast:
Oli - Idris Debrand
Babatunde - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 
Nancy - Tamara Lawrance
Bill - Fehinte Balogun
Dodger - Sylvester Akinrolabu
Miss Saffron Hill - Jocelyn Jee Esien
Blessing - Marlene Madenge
Inspector Ndbuisi - Kalungi Ssebandeke 
Charlie - Samuel Adebayo 
Auntie Rosie - Bisola Elizabeth Alabi 
Waitress - Fatima Adoum
Young Agi - Sariah Joye
Other parts played by Ali Zayn, Fabio Goutet, Ewens Abid, Makee Ogbon, Samantha Mandaza, Jayesh Fernando and Kairon Edwards

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon
Produced by Gill Parry
Directed by Michael Buffong

Music by Tunde Jegede
Sound design by David Thomas and Steve Bond
Photography by The Masons
Development concept written by Silas Parry
Cultural Advisor: Onassis Andem
Sound Interns: Makee Ogbon and Kairon Edwards
Production Interns: Samantha Mandaza and Jayesh Fernando
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Executive Producer: John Scott Dryden

A CONNECTfilm production for BBC Radio 4

A radical updating of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist.

A radical reimagining of Charles Dickens' most political novel, Oliver Twist