By Paul Rolston
BRIT actor Sean Bean returns to TV screens as swashbuckling Sharpe after a two year gap.
Sharpeâ€™s Peril, set in 19th century India, is to be shown on ITV after taking a break. The award winning series was last shown in 2006 after a gap of eight years and attracted nearly seven million viewers.
Sean Bean is once again joined by Daragh Oâ€™ Malley as Sharpeâ€™s best friend Sergeant Patrick Harper in this bloody enterprise filmed entirely in India.
Sharpeâ€™s Peril takes up where Sharpeâ€™s Challenge left off.
Sharpe and Harper are on their way to Calcutta, when they come upon an East India Company baggage train. The party are travelling through enemy territory when they are attacked and it is up to Sharpe to lead the remaining party 300 miles to safety and train all the men he has with him to be proper soldiers.
â€œI am very much looking forward to filming in India again”, said Bean.
“The writer Russell Lewis has created a fascinating tale of conflict and pathos”.
Director of Drama for ITV, Laura Mackie added: “Itâ€™s a great coup for ITV to welcome Sean Bean back to the channel.
“Sharpe is hugely popular with our male and female viewers because it offers adventure, romance and the sort of escapism usually limited to the big screen”.