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Sharpe's Sword 

TV-14 | | Episode aired 15 July 2006
Sharpe is tasked to protect the most important spy in Lord Wellington's network, but domestic issues, a traumatized young girl, and possible French spies all threaten his success.


Tom Clegg


Eoghan Harris, Bernard Cornwell (based on the novel by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Maj. Richard Sharpe
Daragh O'Malley ... Sgt. Patrick Harper
John Tams ... Daniel Hagman
Jason Salkey ... Harris
Emily Mortimer ... Lass
Patrick Fierry Patrick Fierry ... Col. Leroux
James Purefoy ... Cpt. Jack Spears
Stephen Moore ... Berkeley
Hugh Ross ... Maj. Mungo Munro
Michael Cochrane ... Sir Henry Simmerson
John Kavanagh ... Father Curtis
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Don Felipe
Diana Perez ... Ramona
Pat Laffan ... Connelly
Walter McMonagle Walter McMonagle ... Father O'Sullivan


Sharpe is tasked to protect the most important spy in Lord Wellington's network, but domestic issues, a traumatized young girl, and possible French spies all threaten his success.

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"Sharpe's Sword" picks up the recurring theme of Voltaire again (first introduced in "Sharpe's Enemy"), whose book 'Candide' plays an important role throughout the movie, including the ironic quote from it, 'Everything is for the best, in the best of all possible worlds'. See more »


Sharpe has always used a Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sabre. It's usually too long for an infantry officer on foot, but Sharpe is tall enough to carry it. His sword is broken in the attack on the fort and the sword that is given to Harper to replace it clearly has a blade that tapers towards the point. It also does not appear to be particularly long. It has a hand guard consisting of two rounded bars. Father Curtis tells Harper that he will only need half the guard.

Harper apparently works the sword, but when he presents it to Sharpe, it is clearly a standard Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sabre with a long, parallel-sided blade, a prominent disc guard and a handle with a single, flattened, hand-guard bar that does not resemble the handle of the sword given to Harper. See more »


Richard Sharpe: Take my advice, Harris. When you get home, write a bloody good book with loads of shooting in it. You'll die a rich man.
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Followed by Sharpe: The Legend (1997) See more »


Over the Hills and Far Away
Lyrics adapted by John Tams
Performed by John Tams
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Sharpe series favorite
21 January 2006 | by qwer80See all my reviews

I totally agree with the in-depth review already submitted. This episode of the Sharpe series is my all-time favorite and the character of Lord Jack and the performance by James Purefoy have become a must -see every few months or so! I own all fourteen of the Sharpe series and annually play them in sequence. James Purefoy's portrayal of the tragic figure of Lord Jack and the tension-fraught scene in the library are worthy of any first-line production in the theater. You can tell I am a huge Sharpe fan (Sean Bean being the ultimate action hero of all time!) and I really feel sorry for people who have missed this engrossing and intelligently researched and produced series! Bernard Cornwell, author of the novels from which Sharpe is taken, is an outstanding writer and I recommend his other works to all. If you are a reader, try one of his many engrossing historical novels.

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15 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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