On the DVD: Sharpe on DVD contains a photo gallery and several screens of background text. The sound is full-bodied stereo while the very "sharp" (pun intended) picture has been transferred slightly letterboxed at 14:9. Though looking much better than the original TV transmissions the occasionally cropped framing makes it apparent the films were shot in 16:9 widescreen, so it is regrettable they have not been transferred to DVD in that format. Otherwise these are first-rate releases.--Gary S Dalkin
Actors: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser, Michael Byrne, Alice Krige
Director: Tom Clegg
Manufacturer: ITV Studios
I'm not sure how expensive it would have been for the producers to follow the storyline of the novel more closely (except for Sharpe meeting Teresa, which he does earlier in the TV series, but it would have made for a better story. That said, the episode is as always magnificantly cast, and played out, except for the aforementioned aunt and niece who are never really coinvincing. There really is no one who could play Sharpe and Harper better than Sean Bean and Daragh O' Malley, which is tribute to their skill as actors.
This is one to complete the collection only.
Brilliant episode, battles and fights as only Sharpe can do it, rescuing the damsel in distress and saving the day, fantasic viewing to watch again and again