To my knowledge, there have been four attempts to adapt Just William to Television; I have only seen three of them, but of those three the series starring Adrian Dannatt, in my opinion is the best. The first thing going for this series is that it set in the Nineteen Twenties. This, of course, is the only era these stories could be set: William and his gang may have been perennial but the adult population have to move with the times (which is why their behaviour becomes more anochronistic the later the story was written, something the producers of the latest series should have taken note of when they decided to set their stories in the Fifties). The second thing going for it is that the actors portray their roles so accurately, to the point where you can imagine them when you read the books. There is alas one flaw to this series: they only did two seasons, and perhaps because they were consciouse of their limitations of time, they often tried to bring together plots from two or even three stories into one episode, sometimes successfully, but at other times not so (for example in A Little Interlude a plot taken from William the Intruder appears, in which Robert Brown mentions a miss Cannon, whom of course we never get to see because she plays no part in the story. Another flaw is that the filming techniques of the time have inevitably dated. However, neither of these two drawbacks will spoil the viewer's enjoyment of a fine attempt.