Told his battalion is to be split up due to lack of recruits at home, Sharpe and Harper return to England to investigate. What should have been a simple query turns politically explosive as...
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Told his battalion is to be split up due to lack of recruits at home, Sharpe and Harper return to England to investigate. What should have been a simple query turns politically explosive as they come nearer to exposing profiteering on the home front that could jeopardize the Wellington's war.Written by
The recruiting officer scene is an allusion to the 1706 play "The Recruiting Officer" by George Farquhar. It was for this play that Farquhar wrote the original lyrics for the version of 'Over the Hills and Far Away' that was adapted by John Tams as the theme for "Sharpe". One of the many adjustments was the monarch - originally, 'Queen Ann (or: The Queen) commands and we obey', and now it's 'King George commands and we obey'. Technically, also not longer true then, because George III. was already certifiably mad at the time and his son reigning in his stead (Hence, the Prince Regent). See more »
When Harris tears off the dead RSM's stripes off to give to Harper, the cellophane tape used to hold it on up to that point can be clearly seen glinting as he hands the chevrons over. See more »
This was the first episode of Sharpe I have seen, and entirely explains the appeal of Sean Bean, which is an aspect of British culture which had slightly puzzled me. Sharpe sounds better than you might expect, looks good and constitutes solid period entertainment. My only reservation is about the two heroines - isn't it time even Regency heroines grew up? Georgette Heyer would be appalled.
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