Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja, Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends... See full summary »


Tom Clegg


Bernard Cornwell (novels), Russell Lewis





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Sharpe
Daragh O'Malley ... Patrick Harper
Toby Stephens ... William Dodd
Padma Lakshmi ... Madhuvanthi
Aurélien Recoing ... Col. Gudin (as Aurelien Recoing)
Lucy Brown ... Celia Burroughs
Michael Cochrane ... Simmerson
Alyy Khan ... Mohan Singh
Hugh Fraser ... Lord Wellington
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Sgt. Bickerstaff
Thierry Hancisse ... Sgt. Bonnet
Karan Panthaky Karan Panthaky ... Khande Rao
Nicholas Blane ... Crosby
Michael Elwyn ... Sir Samuel Rawlinson
Diana Perez ... Ramona Harper


Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja, Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. When a beautiful general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord, the tension mounts, leaving Sharpe no option but to pursue the enemy right into its deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory he also has to keep at bay the beautiful but scheming Regent, Madhuvanthi, who is out to seduce him. The fate of an empire and the life of a general's daughter lie in one man's hands. Written by Picture Palace Productions

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Shortly after Sharpe arrives in India it is recalled that he saved Wellington's life at the Battle of Assay as a Redcoat and received his Field Commission. This is accurate to the books differs from the first Sharpe film - Sharpe's Rifles (1992), where it is seen that when Sharpe carries out his act of bravery he is already wearing the Rifle Green (as a Sergeant) and already in Portugal. See more »


There is a Continuity error which was addressed by Sharpe TV Series Director Tom Clegg and writer Russell Lewis as being Non Canon. Sharpe's wife Lucille who's erroneously reported as deceased in Sharpe's Challenge is in fact still alive and married to Sharpe living at their house in Normandy with her son Patrick Henri while he was away in India at the time of Sharpe's Challenge. See more »


Patrick Harper: [to Sharpe, on the way to their undercover mission] So, wait a minute. You and me, we're gonna stop a rebellion - just the two of us?
Richard Sharpe: [matter-of-factly] I see no bugger else.
[Resumes walking]
Patrick Harper: Yeah... That sounds just about right. - Just as long as you let me know!
[Hurries after Sharpe]
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Followed by Sharpe: Sharpe's Peril (2008) See more »


Stand To, Me Bonny Lads
Adapted by John Tams
Performed by John Tams
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Sharpe's Challenge
28 September 2006 | by grailmaiden95816See all my reviews

I've seen all 14 previous episodes of the Richard Sharpe series. I'm a very devoted fan and was incredibly surprised to learn that new episode would be aired on BBC America August, 2006. The last time the episodes aired was way back in 1997. Hooray for Sean Bean's devotion to this TV program. He first portrayed Richard Sharpe in 1992, unknown in Hollywood, and only a star in England. Now he's an international Hollywood blockbuster star since LOTR, but still agreed to return to TV for Sharpe, took a huge pay cut to do TV because he loves the part of Sharpe.

The production values, sets, costumes are outstanding. The biggest budget production in the entire 14 episode series. Toby Stephens is deliciously evil as the villain, Lucy Brown gives a touching, luminous performance. Padma Lakshi cannot act her way out of a paper bag and the other Indian actress who played the princess should have been cast in the courtesan role. I loved it, although there were a few flaws.

The battle scenes are much more complex and with an enormous cast of extras compared to the previous 14 episodes. It is an international cast of very fine supporting actors. However, the actor who portrays Sgt. Bickerstaff is very "hammy" and over the top. However, the few flaws I mentioned don't hamper a very fine production, which is a classic!

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