Sharpe's Challenge

Synopsis: Sean Bean is back as the swashbuckling hero in Sharpe's Challenge, an action packed mini-series to be shot on location in Rajasthan, India. Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja, Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. When a beautiful general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord, the tension mounts, leaving Sharpe no option but to pursue the enemy right into its deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory he also has to keep at bay the beautiful but scheming Regent, Madhuvanthi, who is out to seduce him. The fate of an Empire and the life of a General's daughter lie in one man's hands...
Director(s): Tom Clegg
Production: BBC
138 min


Troops approaching. Open the gate.

All right, lads, fall out.

-Davi, get some grub going.


Master Richard sahib.

I have to tell you that we have no grub.

We haven't, no. But they have.

That would be stealing, sahib.

How am I to be a good British soldier

if you make me into a thief again?

It isn't thieving when you're hungry, Davi.

First thing any soldier learns.

Now go on, get on with you.

Davi, mind you watch

the eleventh commandment.

Yes, sahib.

You there!

(STAMMERING) Yes, yes, you fellow.

I don't know how they do things

in the King's Army

but here in the East India Company,

it's customary to report to the officer of the day.

Sergeant Sharpe. King's 33rd force, sir.

Reporting from Srirangapattam.

Orders for Major Crosby, sir.

You're here for the cartridges we recovered.

Yes, sir. 80,000, sir.

For the armoury at Srirangapattam.


six days' march.

How the devil

do you expect to transport 80,000 cartridges?

-On your back?

-Bullock, sir.

Ox carts, sir.

Which you mean to hire with what? Promises?

Hire them with money, sir.


Speak the language, too, do you?

Sergeant, banker and interpreter.

I brought an interpreter, sir.

Did you? Did you?

Every inch the Crown soldier.

Go and find your damn carts, Sergeant Sharpe.

Let me know when you're ready to load.

Thank you, sir.

Pass me some meat.

Sergeant Sharpe!

Hop to, lads. On your feet.

I thought you were about finding carts, Sergeant.

Grub first, sir.

Well, your food, I hope.

Chasalgaon's an East India Company station.

We don't keep rations

to feed the King's troops here.

Oh, yes, sir. Our food, sir.

Carried it with us all the way, sir.

Company troops approaching, sahib.

Well, who the hell is it?

Not sure, sir.

Sullivan, perhaps. Breaking in a new company.

I've never met Sullivan, sir.

Subedar! Call out the guard.

Better give the bastard a salute when he arrives.

Tell him he can join me for dinner.

-You too, I suppose.

-Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.

Welcome to Chasalgaon, sir.

Major Crosby's compliments

and you're invited to dine with him, sir.

Squad, attention.

Present arms!

-Is that stew about ready yet?

-In a jiffy.

A bloody camel could do it faster.

I'm going for a piss.

Front face!

Order arms!

Should I have your horse watered, sir?

All in good time, Captain. All in good time.

Fix bayonet!

I like to give a fellow Englishman a proper salute.

You are English, aren't you?

-Yes, sir. From Norfolk, sir.


Too many damn Scots in the Company these days.

Have you noticed that?

Too many Scots and Irish.

Glib sorts of fellow they are.

Then they aren't English, are they?

Not English at all.


Oh, my God.

Come on, boys.


Christ all-bloody-mighty.

There! There!

What's the matter, Captain?

Cat got your t-t-tongue?


King's men, to me!

Well left!

Well left, Captain...


Richard sahib!

Who the devil are you?

Major William Dodd...

at your service.



Two good men to guard the pay chest

if you please.



Major Dodd, sir. Everything is loaded, sir.

-And the enemy?

-All dead, sir.

Not quite all, subedar.





Chasalgaon has fallen, Your Highness.

We left not a man alive.

-Colonel Richard Sharpe, late of the South Essex?


Sir Samuel Rawlinson,

President of the Board of Control.

I'm told you've a talent

for bruising your betters, Sharpe.

Saving the man I've come to see,

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Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, OBE (born 23 February 1944) is an English author of historical novels and a history of the Waterloo Campaign. He is best known for his novels about Napoleonic Wars rifleman Richard Sharpe. He has written historical novels primarily on English history in five series, and one series of contemporary thriller novels. A feature of his historical novels is an end note on how they match or differ from history, and what one might see at the modern site of the battles described. One series is set in the American Civil War. He wrote a nonfiction book on the battle of Waterloo, in addition to the fictional story of the famous battle in the Sharpe Series. Two of the historical novel series have been adapted for television: the Sharpe television series by ITV and The Last Kingdom by BBC. He lives in the US with his wife, alternating between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Charleston, South Carolina. more…

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