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Masterpiece Classic: Sharpe’s Peril

Airs Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Soldier-adventurer Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean,

Credit: ©Tony Nutley/Sharpe’s Peril Ltd. For MASTERPIECE

Above: Soldier-adventurer Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean, "The Lord of the Rings") comes out of retirement to quash a rebellion in British India and rescue an old friend.

The Characters

Meet the conquerors and shadowy characters of "Sharpe's Peril" and the actors who portray them.

Colonel Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean, "The Lord of the Rings") may have a nose for mischief, but his only interest now is returning to England. But before he goes, he is prevailed on for one last, seemingly straightforward duty — safe transport of some property across central India. The "property" in question turns out to be Marie-Angelique (Beatrice Rosen, "2012"), who Sharpe quickly pegs as petulant, spoiled and selfish.

The journey, through more than 600 miles of hostile territory, will prove to be riddled with surprises and rebellion and bring Sharpe, his comrade-in-arms Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley) and their ragtag troops into a dark conspiracy and one climactic, perilous battle. "Sharpe's Peril" is based on the characters created by novelist Bernard Cornwell.

"Sharpe's Peril" will be available for online viewing April 5 - May 4, 2010.

Video Excerpt: Masterpiece Classic: Sharpe's Peril

The thrilling adventures of Colonel Richard Sharpe continue as he leads a ragtag party of civilians and soldiers on a march across India, with the murderous army of an opium lord in hot pursuit. Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings") stars as Sharpe, with Daragh O'Malley as his comrade-in-arms, Sergeant Major Patrick Harper, in this latest installment of the series based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling novels.

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