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Sharpe's Mission (1996) (TV)
Sharpe is on a mission., 2 December 2008
8/10

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Sharpe is back again and he and his chosen men have been given a very important job.

Wellington has ordered Sharpe and Major General Ross to find Major Septimus Pyecroft, a disfigured explosives expert in order for them to organise a raid on a nearby French ammunition dump.

To lead the raid however Wellington has chosen Colonel Brand, a highly decorated national hero with a reputation for bravery and discipline as well as one for ruthless efficiency and a complete lack of mercy towards the enemy.

Sharpe had served under the then Major Brand and fought in the action that was to ensure Brand's promotion and impressed, Sharpe is one of Brand's most ardent admirers.

However, Brand is not all he seems to be. His reputation for bravery has been afforded him by the French for whom he has been spying and assisting throughout the entire war, and on the journey to the ammunition dump, Sharpe's suspicions are aroused as his hero soon turns into a bitter and dangerous enemy.

It turns out that the French have their sites on Ross and through Colonel Brand, they plan to capture him and torture him, and with this in mind Sharpe turns the table on Brand using Ross as bait.

The whole thing comes to a head with a makeshift court martial, where Sharpe shows a previously unforeseen eloquence and knowledge of the law in order to get his man bang to rights, and Brand is sentenced to death, a death penalty that is unexpectedly and hurriedly carried out by Sharpe in his own inimitable way, providing the viewer…certainly this viewer with the biggest smile of the film.

Also in tow on the expedition is Mr. Clarence Shellington, a newspaper columnist and lecherous womaniser, who sets his sights on Sharpe's wife and it is in this film however we see for the first time, the weakness of Jane Sharpe's character and a glimpse of where this vulnerability will eventually lead.

Another great Sharpe movie, and one in which Sean Bean gives one of his strongest performances

Sharpe's Siege (1996) (TV)
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Sharpe is as Brave and gallant as ever, 1 December 2008
7/10

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Sean Bean reprises his role for the tenth time in this exciting entry in the Sharpe movie.

Sharpe and his chosen men are once again put under the command of a inexperienced, incompetent officer as they are sent to capture a French held fort. The French nobleman who owns the fort has promised that the locals can be persuaded to join the British and organise a rebellion against the French. However Wellington's spies are convinced that these reports are untrue, which his why Sharpe, his men and their new useless commander have been sent to the fort, to ascertain the truth.

Sharpe is also troubled that his new bride has been hit by fever and as he departs, she is at deaths door and with quinine the only thing that can save her in such short supply it seems that nothing can save her.

As suspected the French nobleman's talk of rebellion was a trap, and mainly thanks to the incompetence of his new commander Sharpe soon finds himself trapped inside the fort with a depleted rag tag bunch of men and half the French army camped outside ready to lay siege.

Also the same fever that is ravaging his wife's body, is rife withing the fort and with the local doctor having acquired some quinine, Sharpe has to wrestle with a difficult decision, does he selfishly save it for his wife or administer it to the locals?

Plus with ammunition running out fast, and with Sharpe vastly outnumbered, it seems that this maybe Sharpe's final battle or can a miracle save him at the eleventh hour.

Excellent support from all involved and another good swashbuckling yarn.

Sharpe's Regiment (1996) (TV)
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Sharpe is forced to battle on home soil, 1 December 2008
7/10

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Sean Bean returns once again as Richard Sharpe in this, the ninth movie in the series entitled Sharpe's Regiment, a strange entry as it is one of only two Sharpe movies where the main portion of the action takes place in England.

He has been sent home, along with Harper to find out why the South Essex have not been receiving their promised reinforcements, which is now endangering the future of the Regiment.

On arrival at Horsegauards in London, Sharpe discovers that the South Essex is far from a dying regiment but a thriving force...on paper only. The records show that the regiment is still being recruited, trained, supplied and dispatched, but without one trained soldier reaching Sharpe's ranks in Europe.

Lord Fenner, the man behind the deception realises that Sharpe is getting too close to the truth and orders his and Harper's murder, but when they in turn dispatch the dispatchers and disguise the bodies as themselves, they decide to join the South Essex as raw recruits to find out where they and the several hundred others that proceeded them are really disappearing too.

Great scenes to watch out for are Sharpe and Harper's arrival at Horseguards, and when 'Private' Sharpe eventually unmasks himself as a highly decorated senior officer to the bullying officers and Sergeants that had been so ruthless in the training of the South Essex. Rank most certainly has its privileges and revenge can be so sweet.

This episode also marks the first appearance of Abigail Cruttenden as Jane Gibbons, soon to be Sharpe's wife and eventual nemesis.

As I said, an unusual entry in the series but still a brilliant and entertaining film.

Sharpe's Sword (1995) (TV)
Sharpe becomes embroiled in the world of Espionage, 26 November 2008
8/10

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Sean Bean returns again for another swashbuckling Sharpe adventure, which sees Sharpe and his chosen men become involved in the dark and sinister world of espionage.

Richard Sharpe and his chosen men have saved a young nun from certain death after her coach was attacked by a French company, where her travelling companions, a priest and two other nuns have been brutally tortured and murdered. This leads her to be struck dumb with shock ,lose her faith in God and become inseparable from Sharpe, who she now considers her saviour.

Sharpe and a dashing Lord by the name of Captain Jack Spears defeat the French company and take a French Captain prisoner, but further discoveries and investigation, arouses Sharpe's suspicions that this French Captain is far more than what he appears on the surface and certainly more dangerous.

However, when Major Munro tells Sharpe that Napoleon has sent top Soldier Colonel Leroux to capture El Mirador, Wellington's top spy in the territory, Sharpe is convinced that his mysterious prisoner is Leroux himself, but cannot prove it.

Sharpe is therefore sent to protect El Mirador, which is a difficult task as aside the name he does not know who El Mirador is, so he does not know for sure who he is supposed to be protecting.

When the prisoner finally unmasks himself it leads to a bloody battle and the exposure of a French spy in their midst.

The talented and amazingly underrated James Purefoy practically steals the show as the dashing Captain Jack Spears and the delectable Emily Mortimer turns in a nice little performance as 'Lass' Sadly missed however is Hugh Fraser who's presence as Wellington is always an added attraction to the Sharpe movies, but in this particular adventure he seems to have been overlooked. Shame.

Although this storyline does has the power to confuse somewhat, the action, as always never fails.

Sharpe's Battle (1995) (TV)
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Sharpe has trouble with the Irish, 25 November 2008
8/10

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Sean Bean returns as Napoleonic war hero Major Richard Sharpe and Sharpe's Battle opens with Sharpe and his Chosen Men liberating a tiny Spanish town that has been sacked by the French under the command of General Loup. When Sharpe discovers that many women children and indeed babies have been massacred under the Frenchman's orders, he is outraged and promptly executes without trial the two French soldiers they have caught, making an enemy of Loup who now vows a bitter revenge.

When Sharpe returns to camp however, is told he has been made strategic adviser to Lord Keily, and has been ordered to whip his men 'The Royal Irish Company' into an effective and loyal company of fighting men. This is made more difficult however as articles in the American press that are being unusually and freely distributed amongst the ranks, speak of British atrocities in Ireland, making Sharpe's new company an angry and embittered group of men.

Also making Sharpe's life a misery is the inexperienced and arrogant Lord Keily himself, who's attitude towards Sharpe and his own men, plus his open affair with a sensual female guerrilla fighter by the name of Juanita, pushes Sharpe to the brink of his patience especially as this affair is embarrassing, and emotionally crippling the beautiful and busty Lady Keily who is also in camp.

However when Lord Kiely learns that his wife is pregnant and that Jaunita is actually a French spy in the pay of General Loup, he quickly reorganises his loyalties and tries to rally his men back into order, but thanks to the lies regarding the British atrocities (spread by Juanita of course) many of them are now secretly working for the French against the British and are ready to turn on Sharpe in the heat of Battle, and help Loup organise the kidnap of Lady Keily.

With his friend's now his secret enemy, Sharpe and is Chosen Men are lured into a fight to the death against an enemy both seen and unseen.

When the Irish reveal themselves as turncoats during mid battle however, it results in the tragic death of Rifleman Perkin's the youngest of Sharpe's chosen men, resulting in the remainder of the crack Rifle company going completely berserk killing off all the traitorous scum, this coupled with the inevitable rescue of Lady Keily and the final showdown between Major Sharpe and General Loup make this truly great swashbuckling stuff.

Great support as usual from Daragh O'Malley and Hugh Fraser and stolid performances from the lovely Allie Byrne as Lady Keilly, and the sensual Siri Neal as Juanita.

Sharpe's Gold (1995) (TV)
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Sharpe gets the Midas Touch, 24 November 2008
7/10

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Sean Bean reprises his role as Napoleonic hero Major Richard Sharpe and in this adventure he is ordered by the Duke of Wellington to deliver a consignment of guns to El Casco, a local guerrilla leader, known for his brutality and inhumanity, in exchange for a handful of British deserters.

Also in tow on this mission are Bess Nugent and her daughter Ellie, relatives of the Iron Duke who have come to Spain to find their missing husband/father. They have practically stowed away after Wellington refuses official aid to their mission, and Sharpe in order to ensure their protection has no choice but to take them along.

It is inevitable therefore that a romance starts to blossom between the lonely and windowed Sharpe and the beautiful and vivacious Ellie.

However El Casco proves himself every bit the madman he is reputed to be by capturing, and torturing to death a contingent of French troops, killing poor Bess and kidnapping Ellie and holding her captive in a cave full of golden Aztec treasure.

However El Casco's plans for Ellie are far from romantic as he plans to sacrifice her to the ancient Aztec Gods from which he believes himself to be directly descended. Can Sharpe, Harper and the rest of the Chosen Men find Ellie before it's too late and just what will become of all that Aztec gold.

Daragh O' Malley and Hugh Fraser reprise their roles as Harper and Wellington respectively and Jayne Ashbourne makes a more than appealing appearance as Ellie in the sixth Sharpe adventure, which although lacks the heat, smoke and blood of a major battle scene is still as exciting and as thrilling as it's predecessors.

Sharpe's Honour (1994) (TV)
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Sharpe defends what little honour he has been afforded, 21 November 2008
9/10

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Sean Bean returns as Napoleonic hero Richard Sharpe in Sharpe's Honour, the fifth movie in the series and as always Patrick Harper and the rest of Sharpes chosen men are all along for the ride, but this time Major Sharpe is in serious trouble.

Under the influence of Sharpe's sworn enemy Major Ducos, a mysterious lady by the name of La Marquesa has accused Sharpe of rape. Her husband arrives at Sharpe's camp to challenge his wife's attacker to a dual.

The dual is discovered and stopped by the authorities, and as a result Sharpe becomes the prime suspect when his opponent is murdered in the middle of the night.

As no-one in the British Army other than Wellington and Major Nairn consider Sharpe anything but a rough commoner with little or no honour, he his given a shambolic trial and is sentenced to death by hanging, and Harper and the chosen men have no choice but to look on as their beloved commander walks slowly to the gallows.

However, convinced of his innocence Wellington and Nairn hang another convicted prisoner in Sharpe's stead and release him and his chosen men to find the real killer and La Marquesa herself, to not only prove his innocence but to find out her reasons for framing him in the first place.

Daragh O'Malley, Micheal Byrne and Hugh Fraser co-star with brilliant performances by Alice Krige as La Marquesa and Féodor Atkine as the villainous Major Ducos, in what is another exciting, swashbuckling instalment through Sharpe's eventful journey through the Napoleonic Wars.

Sharpe's Enemy (1994) (TV)
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Sharpe -v- Obidiah Part 2, 20 November 2008
10/10

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In what is arguably the best of the Sharpe series, Richard Sharpe, now promoted Major is sent to secure the release of the wife of an English aristocrat who has been captured by a gang of desperate deserters lead by Sharpe's former Nemesis Obidiah Hakeswell.

Hakeswell is demanding a kings ransom for Lady Farthingdale played by a young Elizabeth Hurley, and he has asked for Sharpe to be the delivery boy so he can exact his ultimate revenge.

Also the town in question is not only the den and haven of the thieves and mutineers but a strategic stronghold, essential to Wellington's advance, and as a result Sharpe and his chosen men not only have the deserters and the hostages to contend with, but the arrival of a large contingent of French troops determined to secure the town for themselves.

Sean Bean and Daragh O'Malley return as Sharpe and Harper, and we see excellent performances by Hugh Fraser as Wellington, Michael Byrne as Major Nairn and Assumpta Serna returning for the final time as Sharpe's wife Teresa Moreno.

However the performance of the film, if not the performance of the entire Sharpe series is given once again to Pete Postlethwaite as the pervertedly evil and twitchy Obidiah Hakeswell, in my opinion one of the most loathsome baddies ever brought to the screen.

Super Swash for your Buckle

Sharpe's Company (1994) (TV)
Sharpe - v- Obidiah Part 1, 19 November 2008
8/10

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Sean Bean returns as Napoleonic hero Richard Sharpe. This time the action takes place in 1812 around the historical Battle and siege at Badajoz.

Sharpe has been demoted to no more than a quartermaster to make a place for an aristocratic fop who has bought Sharpe's captaincy of the light company at horseguards.

Sharpe realises that there is only one act of bravery that will help him regain his captaincy and keep it, and that it to lead the the 'Forlorn Hope' the first company that will storm the walls of badajoz when the assault finally begins... in short a suicide mission.

Sharpe also has personal reasons to get inside the city, and that is because his wife Teresa and his newborn daughter Antonia, are trapped inside and are in danger of being discovered by the French.

Also to add to Sharpes worries, a demon from his past, Sergeant Obidiah Hakeswell has returned to the ranks and is determined to rape, pillage and flog as many people as possible.

Pete Postlethwaite gives the performance of the movie as the evil, twitchy Obidiah, and the character of Patrick Harper is brought to the forefront a lot more and Daragh O' Malley really shines.

Another great Swashbuckling Sharpe adventure

Sharpe's Eagle (1993) (TV)
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Sharpe is back, 18 November 2008
9/10

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Sean Bean returns in this, the second entry in the Sharpe movie series, which sees Richard Sharpe reluctantly serving under the command of a ruthless and sadistic 'Horseguards' fop Colonel Sir Henry Simmerson, who's incompetence results in the death of the highly respected Major Lennox, a company of soldiers, and the loss of the King's Colours.

Also Simmerson's cowardly retreat from the action, allows Richard Sharpe and his crack company of Rifles to save the day, gaining Sharpe another promotion, this time to Captain.

Captain Sharpe however has sworn revenge for Lennox's death and is determined to realise Lennox's dying wish, which is for Sharpe to capture a French Imperial Eagle from the battle field to adorn his grave.

However with disgrace staring him in the face, an embittered Simmerson is out to extract his own revenge upon Sharpe, with the help of his worthless nephew Lt. Gibbons and the dangerously nasty Lt. Berry played with a deliciously evil sneer by a very young Daniel Craig.

Set just before and around the historical battle of Talavera, this is one of the best entries in the series with welcome returns for Daragh O'Malley, as Harper, Assumpta Serna as Teresa, Brian Cox as Hogan and David Troughton as Wellington.


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