Our whole family just loved this addictive and exciting series, and looked forward to a new episode eagerly every night over the marathon of time we watched it! Very sad to bid farewell to Shape and his Chosen Men at the end..
Sean Bean is absolutely wonderful as Sharpe--and very nice to watch on screen, too! He has exactly the right blend of charm and danger. I love the character of Shape himself--he's nicely complex but also very strong and true and steady, a man who doesn't just believe in honour and courage but actually acts on it. But all the actors, and their characters, are terrific, we loved Harper of course but also Hagman and Harris and all the Chosen men, and the women too(except that we all couldn't stand Sharpe's ditsy second wife), and in fact all the characters. The plots are exciting(and there's a nice balance between fighting and intrigue)and the settings are superb(though as someone who knows Toulouse and its environs well I must say that the episode near the end, Sharpe's Revenge, which is supposed to take place at first outside Toulouse, the setting doesn't look like the green rolling hills of that area at all! Not surprising as it was filmed in Turkey..)Loved the music too, the Napoleonic-era folk songs Hagman sings are wonderful.
I also thought that the very first episode was a little awkward in places, but that soon faded as the actors got comfortable in their roles. More of Shape, please! Lots more!