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The Prince and the Pauper 

A poor boy named Tom Canty and Edward, the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.




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Series cast summary:
Philip Sarson Philip Sarson ...  Prince Edward / ... 6 episodes, 1996
John Bowe ...  The Duke of Somerset / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Peter Jeffrey ...  The Duke of Norfolk 6 episodes, 1996
Richenda Carey ...  Lady Milford 6 episodes, 1996
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Sir Thomas Seymour / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Elizabeth Ann O'Brien Elizabeth Ann O'Brien ...  Lady Elizabeth 6 episodes, 1996
Douglas Reith ...  Chamberlain 6 episodes, 1996
James Purefoy ...  Miles Hendon 5 episodes, 1996
Virginia Beare Virginia Beare ...  Lady Mary 5 episodes, 1996
John Judd ...  John Canty 5 episodes, 1996
Max Johnson Max Johnson ...  Humphrey Marlow 5 episodes, 1996
Jenny McCracken Jenny McCracken ...  Mother Canty 4 episodes, 1996
Sophia Myles ...  Lady Jane Grey 4 episodes, 1996
Lucy Speed ...  Nan Canty 3 episodes, 1996
Paul Chapman ...  Father Thomas 3 episodes, 1996
Janet Henfrey ...  Goody Watson 3 episodes, 1996
Freddy White Freddy White ...  Hugo 3 episodes, 1996
Keith Michell ...  King Henry VIII 2 episodes, 1996
Miranda Forbes Miranda Forbes ...  Widow White 2 episodes, 1996
Richard O'Callaghan ...  Peddler 2 episodes, 1996
David Schofield ...  Arresting Officer / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Nick Smallman Nick Smallman ...  Sir Hugh Hendon 2 episodes, 1996
Victoria Gay Victoria Gay ...  Lady Edith de Bohun 2 episodes, 1996
Roger Hammond ...  Prison Officer 2 episodes, 1996
Christine Lohr Christine Lohr ...  Mistress Huggins / ... 2 episodes, 1996


A poor boy named Tom Canty and Edward, the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

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November 1996 (UK) See more »

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Koldus és királyfi See more »

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David Weston was offered a role but was not free. See more »


Version of A Pequena Órfã (1973) See more »

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Beautifully filmed and acted
30 October 2004 | by matthew-58See all my reviews

This was a beautifully filmed BBC miniseries of the famed Mark Twain story, with a terrific cast including John Bowe as the devious Earl of Hertford, Peter Jeffrey (sadly in one of the great actor's last parts) as the kind Duke of Norfolk, James Purefoy as Miles Hendon and Keith Michell reprising the role of King Henry VIII that, of course, he was celebrated for playing in the legendary 1970s series "The Six Wives of Henry VIII". Youngster Philip Sarson played both Prince Edward and Tom Canty, and although he was just a boy he made quite a good job of the roles, especially when you take into consideration some of the distinguished actors with whom he had to share scenes. Perhaps he could have become a fine actor in his own right, but I suspect he has chosen another career path since. I would certainly watch this adaptation again if it was repeated.

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