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Based on the series of novels by author Bernard Cornwell, this series of TV films and mini series tells the story of a group of unconventional British soldiers fighting during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century. The series begins with Private Richard Sharpe using his skills as a marksman to save the life of General Sir Arthur Wellesey, who raises Sharpe to the level of Lieutenant, a position that brings the working class hero into conflict with his more privileged older officers.

Sharpe is placed in charge of a group of expert marksman by Wellesey, who allows the group of sharp shooters to be assembled even though many cannot cope with the rules of the Army. As Sharpe becomes more and more trusted by Wellesey and his officers, Sharpe's gang of chosen men are given the chance to impress by completing tasks and missions that are often seen as impossible in fighting Napoleon's French forces. Although presented as a swashbuckling group of tales, the hero and his gang of men embark on many romantic liaisons and fight to overcome the prejudice faced by Sharpe.

Sharpe is a Drama series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on May 12, 1993. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.9.

Sharpe is available for streaming on the ITV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sharpe on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes online.

ITV
7 Seasons, 18 Episodes
May 12, 1993
Drama
8.9/10
Cast: Sean Bean, Hugh Fraser, Daragh O'Malley, Assumpta Serna
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Sharpe Full Episode Guide

  • Soldier Richard Sharpe gets caught up in a world of bandits and opium in India.

  • Sean Bean stars as Bernard Cornwell's Napoleonic soldier Richard Sharpe.