Season 6 Episode 2

Sharpe's Challenge, Part 2

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2006 on ITV



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Harper: (points volley gun at Bickerstaff) Say hello to Mr Nock! (pulls trigger)

    • Sharpe: It's a right bloody mess. Simmerson's attack failed, Khande Rao's men still hold the woods, and Gudin's recommending me for a medal for my part in the victory.
      Harper: Oh, well, it wasn't an entirely unprofitable evening, then.

    • Burroughs: (to Simmerson) I had thought, Sir Henry, to spare you further ignominy, but since you are determined to prove as dull-witted and thick-skinned as a hippopotamus, let me speak plainly: I have no wish to die beside such a bloody fool as you!

    • McRae: (interrupting Simmerson) The devil take your anecdote! An attack stands upon the balance, man. The duty officer sends for another company, to reinforce the assault. (Simmerson turns away without speaking) Sir! Perhaps you did not hear me right, the duty officer sends for a--
      Simmerson: He may send for what he pleases, sir. There will be no reinforcement. Let him use better that which he has. The fewer men, the greater the glory.

  • Notes

    • Sharpe's Challenge (2) was first broadcast in the US on BBC America on September 3, 2006.

    • Sharpe's Challenge was filmed on location in and around Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

    • This episode is only loosely based on Bernard Cornwell's books Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Fortress, largely because it is set nearly twenty years after the action in the books. This is because of the problem of making the leading players appear so much younger.

    • Obadiah Hakeswill appears in the books Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Fortress, but as this production was moved forward in time until after the Napoleonic wars, so after Hakeswill's death, he had to be expunged.

  • Allusions

    • Dodd: Yes sir, no sir, three bags bloody full, sir.

      This quotes part of the nursery rhyme, Baa, Baa Black Sheep, of which the first line is:

      Baa, baa, black sheep
      Have you any wool?
      Yes sir, yes sir
      Three bags full.

    • Stokes: Experience has taught me to be wary of Greeks, even when they are bearing gifts.

      This alludes to the famous line of the Roman poet Virgil, "Timeo Danaos, et dona ferentes." (I fear the Greeks, even when bearing gifts). It was about the Trojan Horse.