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Sharpe's Rifles 

TV-MA | | Episode aired 5 May 1993
In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company.


Tom Clegg


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Lt. Richard Sharpe
Brian Cox ... Maj. Hogan
Daragh O'Malley ... Sgt. Patrick Harper
Assumpta Serna ... Teresa Moreno
David Troughton ... Sir Arthur Wellesley
Simón Andreu ... Maj. Vivar
Michael Mears ... Francis Cooper
John Tams ... Daniel Hagman
Jason Salkey ... Harris
Paul Trussell Paul Trussell ... Isiah Tongue
Lyndon Davies ... Ben Perkins
Julian Fellowes ... Major Dunnett
Tim Bentinck ... Captain Murray
Richard Ireson Richard Ireson ... Sgt. Williams
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Maj. William Lawford


Portugal 1809, the Peninsular War in the age of Napoleon. A British sergeant in the 95th Rifles saves the life of Arthur Wellesley, and finds himself promoted to Lieutenant and in charge of a company of Rifles that do no respect him, to carry out a dangerous and vital mission. Written by Kathy Li

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Did You Know?


Bernard Cornwell, author of the Richard Sharpe novels on which the TV series was based, was so happy with Sean Bean's portrayal of his hero that he changed the physical description of Sharpe in his later books to more closely resemble the actor. See more »


When Teresa is helping Sharpe and his men to gain access to Torrecastro, she slashes a French soldier across the stomach, killing him. A fraction of a second later we see her sword, and there isn't a drop of blood on it. See more »


Rifleman Hagman: I find nothing works better than paraffin oil, and best brown paper!
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Followed by Sharpe: Sharpe's Siege (1996) See more »


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Fun! Now Go Read the Book!
2 June 2004 | by ttintagelSee all my reviews

What red-blooded girl could argue with 102 minutes of a mud-smeared Sean Bean swashbuckling in tight breeches? (Excuse me while I have an attack of the vapors...) It's a fun movie with a lot of action and great costumes, acting, and production values. BUT. . . I think the strong point of this series of movies is that it's likely to make you want to read the series of novels by Bernard Cornwell. Even for people who don't normally like to read historical/military fiction, they're a rollicking great read and packed with fascinating detail and character development. The movie is a tasty appetizer; the book is a satisfying meal. In this case, watching the movie won't ruin the book for you, and vice versa. Differences aside, they're done in the same spirit.

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5 May 1993 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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