I've seen four versions of The Prince and the Pauper and this is my favourite by some way. Unlike a number of other versions, this one combines very good acting with sound production. Directed by Julian Fellows, this was first shown as a six part series on BBC1. The street scenes are realistic, the action engaging and the retelling truest to the book.
This version, being six half-hour episodes is great to show schoolchildren and a good way to introduce them to both Mark Twain (the story's writer) and aspects of Tudor history.
I spent a number of years searching for this version of the story and, when I found it, it was only available in Germany at a cost of 17 pounds. It was worth it! Now it is cheaperand much more easy to find. I highly recommend this DVD for anyone who wishes their children to see British drama at its best.