Sharpe (1993–2008)
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Sharpe's Eagle 

Sharpe is a Captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents, and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle. When the South Essex loses its colors (its ... See full summary »


Tom Clegg


Eoghan Harris, Bernard Cornwell (based on the novel by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Lt. / Cpt. Richard Sharpe
Brian Cox ... Maj. Hogan
Daragh O'Malley ... Sgt. Patrick Harper
Assumpta Serna ... Teresa Moreno
Michael Cochrane ... Sir Henry Simmerson
David Troughton ... Sir Arthur Wellesley
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Maj. / Col. Lawford
Katia Caballero Katia Caballero ... Josefina
Michael Mears Michael Mears ... Francis Cooper
John Tams John Tams ... Daniel Hagman
Jason Salkey ... Harris
Paul Trussell Paul Trussell ... Isiah Tongue
Lyndon Davies Lyndon Davies ... Ben Perkins
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Cpt. Leroy
David Ashton David Ashton ... Maj. Lennox


Sharpe is a Captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents, and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle. When the South Essex loses its colors (its regimental flag), Sharpe vows to save the honor of the regiment by capturing a French Imperial standard: an eagle. Written by Kathy Li

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At the Battle of Talavera, the French march from left to right across the whilst the South Essex advance right to left. Such cinematography is used by filmmakers as a subtle technique indicating good and evil: those going right to left, as the South Essex do, are presented as the heroes and the French, the villains. See more »


The Union Flag carried by the troops is upside down. See more »


Wellesley: The South Essex is stood down in name. If I wipe the name away, I may wipe the shame. I am making you a Battalion of Detachments, you will fetch and carry. The Light Company put up a fight, so I will let it stand under the command of a new captain.
Sir Henry Simmerson: To be commanded by the newly-gazetted Captain Gibbons, sir?
Wellesley: To be commanded by the newly-gazetted Captain *Sharpe*, sir.
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Followed by Sharpe: Sharpe's Siege (1996) See more »


Three Lovely Lassies
Performed by Daragh O'Malley
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Justice for the Story
14 September 2003 | by izzy98765See all my reviews

Sharpe's Eagle, especially for those historical buff's out there,is a good feature-length TV show, but that's all it is. If it was given the same sort of budget that, say Lord of The Rings was, then sure it would have had success parallel to that film. This is because the scripting, production and casting (especially with Sean Bean and Daragh O'Malley) are on an equal par with it.

The problem with a Sharpe series on TV was always going to be it's scale,and so it turned out. The short action sequences always seem crude, rushed and drastically under budgeted. For people that don't read very much, this is as good a historical drama you can get on TV. For those of us that do, and have read the books, the TV series pales sourly in th light of the book. The emotion, action and mostly scale involved in the Sharpe series can only be justified in the mind's eye.

A Sharpe book for the big screen? Now there's something...

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12 May 1993 (UK) See more »

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Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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