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This is a spectacular drama about the career of a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. In the first episode, Rifleman Richard Sharpe saves the life of the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Talavera and is commissioned from the ranks. In later episodes, Sharpe battles his way across Spain and France, defeating French spies and generals, and womanizing along the way. The original series, based on the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell, ended with the Battle of Waterloo. Two further stories were made, in which Sharpe is called out of retirement and sent to India.

The traditional song, Over the Hills and Far Away, is heard at the end of most episodes, as performed by John Tams, who played the part of Rifleman Hagman.

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  • outstanding

    a swashbuckling adventure about a man who comes through the ranks
  • One of the most outstanding shows I've ever seen on TV.

    Based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell,Sharpe is the adventures of Liutenant-Colonel Richard Sharpe of the 95th Rifles.Along with friends such as Harper,Frederickson,Harris and Hagman and others,he battles his way through the Napoleonic Wars to save Wellington's life,capture a French eagle at the battle of Talaviera,be first over the wall at the siege of Badajoz,uncover corruption within the British Army and fight like he has never fought before at Waterloo.

    The acting is fantastic,with Sean Bean and Daragh'O'Mally giving exceptional performances.Sharpe is a brilliantly facinating character,you always want him to take down the bad guy at the end of the day.His romances are engaging and you really want him to prove snobby officers from rich famalies wrong,as a runt raised from the ranks can be as good an officer as any.Obadiah Hakeswill is easily the best villian.An excellent Pete Poselwaite makes you both like and hate him at the same time.Other foes,such as Major Ducos or Sir Henry Simmerson,are just plain hateble.

    Overall,Sharpe is a truly great TV series.Don't forget to check out the 2006 one off,Sharpe's Challenge,this time in India.moreless
  • Sharpe is one of my all times favorite TV Series.

    Sharpe in an excellent British TV series that tells story of Richard Sharpe, (portrayed by the amazing Sean Bean) a rifleman fighting against Napoleon in the 19th Century. The series follows Richard Sharpe as he rises through the ranks in the first episode, focusing on the Napoleonic war and on the pressure and in-house hostility towards him brought on by the fact that he is not of aristocratic heritage. The series also follows his love life which is the only part of the series I found to be uninteresting. Other than Sean Bean, the cast includes the Irish actor Darragh O'Malley, Alexis Denisof from Buffy and Angel, Abigail Cruttenden (Sean Beans X wife), Brian Cox, and many more very talented actors.moreless
  • Historical atmosphere, exiting story, talented cast - all the things needed for success.

    I most say I never even planed to watch Sharpe. My mother said it is best and wanted so much that I could find some episodes for her as it has been years since she saw it from tv. So, I tried my best and it was very hard to get any of the Sharpe's where I live. But I managed.

    It was the first episode that really amazed me and after that I just couldn't stop - I loved the way Sharpe char was - not a perfect soldier, more like a man who makes his own rules, working class hero, charming and still with noble heart. And his men - chosen men... First I think the Harper's char seemed to me like little evil one but after some episodes - he became my favorite. Plus Teresa - the woman who really has skills, talent and just left amazing impression.

    And after I heard the ending song - I just couldn't get out of my mine. Sharpe is one of the bests for me. And the ending song - is the bestmoreless
  • British historical fiction series of one soldier during the Napoleonic wars.

    I found Bernard Cornwell when I visited the UK and then bought an episode on DVD! I was enthralled with the action. It was very cool and I don't entirely understand the "abysmal" rating of some others. Who can hate Sean Bean as Sharpe? He's sensitive and strong and very watchable!

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