If you prefer substance over special effects, and know the book well, then this is definitely far more enjoyable than the recent film. This adaptation was not dumbed down in any way and faithfully follows the book, and doesn't add anything out of place. The acting couldn't be better. The incidental music by Geoffrey Burgon is a perfect fit. Everything you would expect from a BBC production, except that given it's age the special effects might seem a little dated – although they are imaginative and have used the technology available at the time to good effect.