Sharpe’s Challenge comprised of an 8 week shoot entirely on location in the majestic cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
A 2006 2 x 71' or 1 x 110' Celtic Films Entertainment/Picture Palace Films/BBC America co-production for ITV.
Director: Tom Clegg.
Writer: Russell Lewis, based on the novel by Bernard Cornwell.
Producers: Malcolm Craddock, Muir Sutherland.
Executive Producers: Stuart Sutherland, Kathryn Mitchell, Steve Wilkinson.
Starring: Sean Bean, Toby Stephens, Daragh O’Malley, Padma Lakshsmi, Lucy Brown.
The fate of an empire lies in one man’s hands… Two years after the Battle of Waterloo, dispatches from India warn that a local Maharaja is threatening the British interests. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. The last scout sent – Sharpe’s best friend Sergeant Harper – has gone missing and reports suggest that the real power begin the rising is Colonel Dodd, a malcontent East India Company officer, and that the Maharaja has gathering into his impregnable fort a contingent of refugees from Napoleon’s army.
Once in India, Sharpe discovers that the situation is far graver than he was led to believe; and things only get worse then the daughter of a British General is kidnapped and held in the Maharaja’s fort by his villainous henchmen, Dodd. Sharpe, now reunited with Harper, devises a plan to rescue the General’s daughter – disguise themselves as deserters and become part of the Maharaja’s motley crew. However, once inside the fort, things don’t go quite as Sharpe planned…