Sharpe (1993–2008)
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Sharpe's Rifles 

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 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
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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Tim Bentinck (Captain Murray) and David Troughton (Wellington) play cousins David and Tony Archer in the long running radio drama See more »


At the end as Sharpe and Hogan watch Teressa leave, the union flag on the building is upside down (as determined by the wide white areas of the St. Andrew's Cross relative to the half width diagonals of the red St. Patrick's Cross). When Sharpe descends the steps and stands in the road, it's up the right way. See more »


Man in Black: You say you are an Irishman. Why should you be loyal to the British dogs, who want to take you to Lisbon to shoot you?
Patrick Harper: Jesus, you took the words right out of my mouth.
Man in Black: I can help you. Give me the box?
Patrick Harper: And if I do?
Man in Black: You will be rich.
Patrick Harper: And if I don't?
Man in Black: You will be dead.
Patrick Harper: Hmm... well, you're having the best of the argument so far.
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Referenced in Pride & Prejudice (2005) See more »


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One of Television's all time best movie series
17 April 2002 | by TexasRedgeSee all my reviews

If America only knew how good this was,it would be the highest rated Made-For-TV movie series of all time(hard to believe there are more people out there that would rather watch "The Columbo Mysteries" than Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe Chronicles- that just goes to show the power of major network name-brand advertising.

The Richard Sharpe movie series has been television at its finest. I have seen all of the BBC Sharpe series movies,"Sharpe's Waterloo" is my favorite of the films. However I tune in to PBS everytime they air the Sharpe movies. So far all the movies have been based on the Sharpe Chronicles - adventure novels written by Bernard Cornwell(the same author who wrote "Rebel"). Each Movie chronicles the on-going adventures of Richard Sharpe who is a Brittish Lt. in the Brittish military during the late 1790's-to early 1800's during the Napoleonic era in Europe. I sincerly believe that each one of these Films has been good enough to have shown at the movie theaters,if the producers had wanted to. Unlike other Made-For-TV films,The Hornblower films do not have that Made-For-TV feeling to them,like most television movies have. However each of the Sharpe Movies picks up exactly where the last one left off. The only negative thing I can say about this movie series is the use of an electric guitar as the background music- I have to take points off for that, because the sometimes screeching guitar noises can become annoying at times.

A common misconception that people who havent seen these movies have is that all of these films go to gether as a mini-series- that is not true. The Sharpe movies are not a mini-series,all of these films are individual movies about the same charactor, However they are sequels to each other each picking up where the last film left off.- with all the same actors playing the same roles in each film(EXAMPLE:think of the James Bond films-that same principle applies to the Sharpe movies,but unlike Bond, the Sharpe films are sequels)

If you have seen the Sharpe movies and you liked them and you wish to see more similar themed programing, I will suggest A&E's Horatio Hornblower movies(6 movies in all- same basic priciple as the Sharpe movie except Hornblower is in the Brittish Navy to whereas Sharpe is a ground soldier)

I give the entire Sharpe movie series 4 out of 5 stars. Its near Perfect entertainment- but you cant please everyone, so for those of you dont like epic Napoleonic era battles,classic historic style drama,high stakes adventure, and danger on the European battlefields,if you dont like stuff like that-there is always a Columbo re-run for you to watch.

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5 May 1993 (UK) See more »

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Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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