Mil­lions cap­ti­vated by show

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

At its peak, more than 10 mil­lion view­ers tuned in to see Sean Bean and his mot­ley-look­ing crew per­form­ing hero­ics against the French.

Bean brought Bernard Corn­well’s char­ac­ter to life on the small screen, play­ing the rough and tough English sol­dier who rises through the ranks.

At the start of the TV se­ries – which ran from 1993 to 1997, with two movies made be­tween 2006 and 2008 – Sharpe is a sergeant in the 95th Ri­fles, serv­ing in Por­tu­gal dur­ing the Penin­su­lar War in 1809. By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, at the Bat­tle of Water­loo, he is Lieu­tenan­tColonel Sharpe.

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