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18 August 2005 @ 01:29 pm
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Hi, I'm new. But I come bearing gifts! I just got this press release at work...

BBC AMERICA plans to co-produce a new miniseries, Sharpe’s Challenge. Sean Bean (The Island, Lord of the Rings) stars as Richard Sharpe, a maverick British officer who, in the years of Wellington's reign, defends the honor of the British Empire in foreign territories.

There have been 14 self-contained episodes of Sharpe in the UK, all starring Bean, who’s become a household name playing the title role.


BBC AMERICA CO-PRODUCES A NEW MINISERIES OF SHARPE STARRING SEAN BEAN AS THE SWASHBUCKLING HERO

BBC AMERICA’s General Manager, Kathryn Mitchell, has announced the channel is co-producing a new miniseries, Sharpe’s Challenge. Sean Bean (The Island, Lord of the Rings) stars as Richard Sharpe, a maverick British officer who defends the honor of Britain in foreign territories. There have been 14 self-contained episodes of Sharpe in the UK, all starring Bean, who’s become a household name playing the title role.

In Sharpe’s Challenge, the swashbuckling hero is dispatched to India. A year after Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, Maharajah Khande Rao is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. The fate of an Empire and the life of a General’s daughter lie in one man’s hands.

Sharpe’s Challenge is written by Russell Lewis. Previous seasons of Sharpe were based on the popular series of books by Bernard Cornwell.

Kathryn Mitchell says: “I am delighted to be co-producing the continuation of the fantastic Sharpe series. For all the die-hard Richard Sharpe/Sean Bean fans it is truly exciting that Sharpe’s adventures will be continuing! Sean commands the screen as the sexy, rugged hero who travels to India for this latest adventure in Sharpe’s Challenge.”

The producers are Malcolm Craddock and Muir Sutherland. Filming on location in North India is due to begin in October 2005 and it will air on BBC AMERICA in 2006.

Sharpe’s Challenge is a Picture Palace/Celtic Films Entertainment/BBC AMERICA Production.

For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, artwork and news from the channel, log on to www.press.bbcamerica.com.


I have been trying to get my hands on the Sharpe episodes from the UK – the library has them, but never in order. The idea of new US ones makes me all tingly. Now I just wave to wait until next year. DAMN!