Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sharpe's Challenge On Sharpe Sundays: Return to India

Sharpe's Challenge

Two years after Waterloo now French farmer Richard Sharpe is summoned by Wellington to London and asked to go on a mission to India.  You see Sharpe was in India at the start of his military career serving as a soldier under a younger Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington). 

Wellington wants him to find an agent missing in India who was sent on a mission to find about a brewing rebellion.  Sharpe says no at first, he likes being a farmer, until on leaving he finds Ramona Harper waiting for him. Seems the missing agent is his friend Patrick Harper.

On his arrival in India Sharpe runs into the lovely daughter of General Burroughs and later learns she’s been kidnapped and held for ransom by the rebellious Rajah.  If there is a damsel in distress who are you going to call? Richard Sharpe of course!

Sharpe also runs into an old enemy, the evil but handsome William Dodd.  Sharpe was the only surviving witness to Dodd’s treachery years before and he fears being recognized while on his mission to rescue Celia Burroughs.

Will Sharpe find Harper? Will he rescue the damsel in distress?  Will Dodd remember Sharpe? Will Richard regret returning to India? 
For the answer to all these questions please join new and longtime Sharpe fans for the Global Sharpe Watch this Sunday, October 7, 3:00pm EST/US, 8:00pm UK, 9:00pm Continent on Tweet Chat.  For all the details and "How To's" go to  Sharpe Lives Movie Club Facebook Page:

Or to Distracted Musings of One Reality at the link below:

You may recognize the actor playing Major Dodd:

Toby Stephens comes from an illustrious acting family. He is the son of two great British acting legends, Dame Maggie Smith and the late Sir Robert Stephens. Toby Stephens has an illustrious acting career himself on stage and screen. Both he and Sean Bean have played James Bond villains. Happy 50th Anniversary James Bond! 

You may also recognize Padma Lakshmi taking a break from cooking shows to play devious and deadly Mahduvanti,

If you're interested in what went on behind-the-scenes on the two most recent Sharpe episodes, Challenge and Peril, go to the link below for an article by Sean Bean's personal assistant in India:


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