Sharpe (1993–2008)
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Sharpe's Battle 

TV-14 | | Episode aired 8 July 2006
When Sharpe is ordered to whip the King of Spain's Irish Royal Brigade into shape, he faces dissent from the men who believe the British are slaughtering their relatives in Ireland and a spy from within.


Tom Clegg


Russell Lewis, Bernard Cornwell (based on the novel by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Maj. Richard Sharpe
Daragh O'Malley ... Sgt. Patrick Harper
Hugh Fraser ... Lord Wellington
Hugh Ross ... Maj. Mungo Munro
John Tams ... Daniel Hagman
Jason Salkey ... Harris
Lyndon Davies ... Ben Perkins
Jason Durr Jason Durr ... Lord Benedict Kiely
Allie Byrne Allie Byrne ... Lady Kiely
Ian McNeice ... Runciman
Oliver Cotton ... Loup
Siri Neal Siri Neal ... Juanita
Liam Carney ... O'Rourke
Phelim Drew ... Donaju
Diana Perez ... Ramona


When Sharpe is ordered to whip the King of Spain's Irish Royal Brigade into shape, he faces dissent from the men who believe the British are slaughtering their relatives in Ireland and a spy from within.

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Regicidal Reunion: In this movie, the 'Irish Company' (which is actually the Spanish King's personal bodyguard, sort of like the Swiss Guard for the Pope) becomes Major Sharpe's (Sean Bean) new command, by personal order from Wellington (Hugh Fraser). When Major Munro (Hugh Ross) asks Sharpe if he ever dealt with a Royal bodyguard before, Sharpe tells him that back in India he 'dealt' with a sultan's bodyguard 'all right' (by killing them all and the sultan himself), whereupon Munro, delighted, declares, 'Capital! We're sending a regicide to take on a Royal bodyguard!' (See Quotes) - Previously, in "Patriot Games" (1992), that same Hugh Ross had played Barrister Atkins, the defense attorney of the Irish terrorist Sean Miller, played by Sean Bean, who is on trial for the attempted murder of a member of the Royal Family, Lord Holmes, whose secretary, Watkins, was played by none other than Hugh Fraser. Both these movies deal with the issue of 'the Irish Troubles' (especially current in 1990s when these films were shot), the topics of loyalty and treason, and the question of who fights for whom or what. See more »


Around 43m30s there is a crew member wearing a white shirt and blue shorts visible on the left hand side of the shot watching the fight scene. See more »


Richard Sharpe: [Harper has dragged out the two Frenchmen captured whilst raping women and killing children] Harper!
Patrick Harper: Sir!
Richard Sharpe: Put them up against the wall. I want a fireing squad ready.
[In responce, all of the riflemen and members of the South Essex form two lines as the squad]
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Followed by Sharpe: Sharpe's Regiment (1996) See more »


Over the Hills and Far Away
Lyrics adapted by John Tams
Performed by John Tams
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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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