Tony Haygarth becomes the first actor to portray two different leading "baddies" in the series. His first outing was in Sharpe's Enemy (1995) when he played the leader of the French deserters Pot-au Feu. He was the only one to do so until 2006. Peter-Hugo Daly, who had played the treacherous Sgt. Rodd in "Sharpe's Gold", played the equally unlikeable Sgt. Bickerstaff.
This is the second Sharpe episode whose title is not taken from a Sharpe novel. Much of the series of events clashes with the events in the novels, particularly the idea that the labourer-turned-rebel leader is Sharpe's half-brother.
The gray pelisse with the scalloped cape worn by an extra in the London street is the same costume worn by Ann Firbank (Anne Elliot) in Bath in Persuasion (1971), an extra at the church at the end of Mansfield Park (1983), and by an extra at the Cricket match in Sharpe's Waterloo (1997).