EXCLUSIVE: David Thewlis says The Artful Dodger was a career highlight

The actor's new show follows on from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist...
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If you were left saying, “Please, sir, I want some more,” after reading Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, boy, are you in luck.

A new TV series called The Artful Dodger is set to continue the story, and The Weekly was lucky enough to chat to the cast at the show’s Sydney premiere.

And if their words are anything to go by, it looks like The Artful Dodger is going to be a must-watch series.

David Thewlis and Damon Herriman at the Sydney premiere of The Artful Dodger.

For instance, David Thewlis – who’s had a seriously impressive career; he’s starred in the Harry Potter films, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and The Theory of Everything – told us The Artful Dodger was a professional highlight.

“I’ve enjoyed this experience so much; it was one of the nicest experiences of my whole career.”

Similarly, Susie Porter and Tim Minchin also enjoyed filming The Artful Dodger, and had nothing but praise for their fellow castmates.

Miranda Tapsell at the Sydney premiere of The Artful Dodger.

“The incredible cast we’ve got, you can’t get better than that,” Susie said.

“Everyone was so much fun… Doing a scene with David Thewlis or Damon Herriman; getting to work with actors and directors of this quality is joyous,” Tim echoed.

Still not convinced that you should watch The Artful Dodger? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the series…

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The Artful Dodger is a captivating take on some of Charles Dickens’ classic characters.

What is The Artful Dodger TV series about?

In Oliver Twist, Oliver’s friend, the pickpocketing Jack Dawkins – AKA the Artful Dodger – is ultimately caught, tried and sentenced to Transportation to Australia for stealing a silver snuff box.

But it’s not clear what happened to the character after this…

And so, The Artful Dodger reveals that Jack is now a young adult working as a surgeon in Australia.

However, the series really kicks off when Fagin arrives Down Under, and Jack is suddenly ensnared back into the world of crime.

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David Thewlis told The Weekly that The Artful Dodger was “one of the nicest experiences” of his whole career.

Who stars in The Artful Dodger?

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, of Love Actually and Game of Thrones fame, stars as the titular character in The Artful Dodger, while David Thewlis stars as Fagin.

Damon Herriman, of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood fame, also stars in the series, as does Miranda Tapsell, known for The Dry, Love Child and The Sapphires.

The Artful Dodger’s impressive cast list doesn’t stop there though; Maia Mitchell, Huw Higginson, Susie Porter, Damien Garvey, Andrea Demetriade, Jessica De Gouw, Kym Gyngell, Luke Carroll, Tim Minchin, Lucy-Rose Leonard, Jude Hyland, Nicholas Burton, Finn Treacy and Albert Latailakepa star in the show too.

Susie Porter at the Sydney premiere of The Artful Dodger.

Where can I watch The Artful Dodger in Australia?

The Artful Dodger was released on Disney+ on November 29, 2023.

Stream The Artful Dodger now on Disney Plus with a mth-to-mth no lock-in contract. Subscribe here.

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