Based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe
(1993-7) ran to 14 full-length television films that follow the adventures of the titular soldier through the later years of the Napoleonic Wars. The programmes are an outstanding achievement for the small screen, dominated by Sean Bean's central performance as the heroic, troubled outsider who turns out to be a resourceful and loyal leader. Bolstered by a strong supporting cast, particularly Daragh O'Malley as Harper and (in later episodes) Abigail Cruttenden as Jane, Sharpe
is often visually striking, the action tense and gripping. Consistency is maintained by all 14 episodes being directed by Tom Clegg. --Gary S Dalkin
Action and adventure pursue maverick British rifleman, Major Richard Sharpe. In this feature-length video, the Major and his loyal band of chosen men help Lord Keily prepare the ceremonial Royal Irish Company for their first encounter with the enemy. Trouble arises amongst the Irish soldiers when false reports are circulated of a massacre in Ireland perpetrated by the English. When Lord Kiely begins an affair with a Spanish woman, Lady Kiely turns to Sharpe for a bit of loving comfort.