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This community has been a little quiet recently.

I was wondering if anyone caught Sharpe's Challenge over the past two nights on ITV in the UK and what you thought of it. I enjoyed it very much. It had all the elements of the previous tv adaptations. Harper was slightly rounder but Sharpe still looked the same.

I was a little confused about various plot lines which I did not recognise from the book until I realised it was a mix of three of Cornwell's books: Fortress, Tiger and another one.

Anyhow, what did you guys think?
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From:shotdownsun
Date:April 25th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Triumph.

Yeah, I really enjoyed it. Unfortunatly, I tend to ruin the TV series for myself by noticing stupidly small things that are inaccurate, even though the programme as a whole is amazingly well researched and advised.

For instance, sepoys (indian troops) never wore trousers, and were never flogged.

The only other thing was the introduction of the flagrant hakeswill clone "bickerstaff" (the name of Mary Bickerstaff's dead husband. Mary was Sharpe's first love in Tiger) He took lines from hakeswill, played hakeswill pretty damn well, but we were supposed to beleive it was an entirley different man in a different time. A shame, because he did a good job. But Pete Postelthwaite is hakeswill.

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From:boyzici
Date:April 25th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
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I agree with all of that. I am nerdier than most when it comes to Sharpe, though I wouldnt have picked up on the sepoy business as you did. I do often spot inconsistancies with shows and they tend to ruin my attention.

Again with Hakeswill, Postlethwaite was excellent. I guess it was a shame they filmed the books out of sequence. I was slightly pleased Hakeswill was not in this one as he makes my skin crawl.
From:shotdownsun
Date:April 25th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
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what really bothered me though was the fact that, because they didnt make the episode a prequal like the india books, they couldnt use hakeswill, but his character left a massive plot hole. To fill it, they invented bickerstaff, who frankly looked like someone was playing hakeswill with a different name. I suppose they'd claim that the army was littered with such sergeants, and they'd be right, but it just seemed a little cheap and disspointing.

Hakeswill is my favourite character in the whole seris, bar hagman!
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From:boyzici
Date:April 26th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Hakeswill is so well written and so well acted that he makes me feel uncomfortable. As a result, my least favourite books are those with that character present.

I do like Hagman as well.

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From:joy_disaster
Date:May 22nd, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
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I am getting ready to watch this tonight, but I have no clue about the timeline - it takes place in 1803? Is this supposed to be before where the series began a decade ago? And, really no Pete Postelwaite in this one? :^(
From:shotdownsun
Date:May 22nd, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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nah, after waterloo. hakeswill died in enemy
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From:joy_disaster
Date:May 22nd, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
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I am so confused. Will I understand it after I watch it? I am ashamed to admit I haven't read the books, just watched the series.
From:shotdownsun
Date:May 23rd, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
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yeah, easy. Right, after waterloo, the last in the series, sharpe retired to his farm in normandy with lucille. In this new film, hes called out of retirement to go to india to find harper, who has gone missing working as a spy for wellington.

The episode is based on three of cornwells books that are set when sharpe was a private/sergeant in india, but obviously keeps him as the ltn Colonel he finished waterloo as.
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