I was just a young boy when I watched this on PBS, but the story and characters have lived on, and I remember it very well. It's as if it was just yesterday. Quite a treat, or "tweat", in the words of Cuthbertson :)

Flashman was the ultimate bully, and Tom was the one you rooted for. It's still the same after all of these years. Very well done. As an adult I can appreciate the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" at the end as an unexpected treat. (I didn't remember it or understand it as a child)

I remember very well all of these characters after all of these years...Tom, Flashman, Brooke, East, Diggs, Cuthbertson...

A timeless story with timeless characters. I'm very happy to finally have it on DVD.


I also watched this series on PBS. I was 11 or 12 at the time and was completely engrossed by it.

Just recently, I finally got around to reading the novel. I was disappointed to find how little the series resembled it. Flashman is a relatively minor character, and Tom's conflict with him takes up only about one and a half chapters of the book. There's no confrontation between Tom and Flashman's father, no Cuthbertson, no oubliette. Much more of the book deals with Tom's mentoring relationship with George Arthur, a younger boy who helps Tom develop a more serious outlook on life.

I know what you're thinking: "Who cares?"