Date : 03.10.2005
BBC Worldwide has completed a significant deal with Celtic Films Entertainment / Picture Palace Films to distribute both the ITV1 2 x 71' drama and the international version of Sharpe's Challenge starring Sean Bean.
This is the first of the Sharpe dramas to be distributed by BBC Worldwide. BBC America is co-producing and 2|entertain will handle the DVD rights both in the UK and internationally.
Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide's Head of Commercial Development, Independents, said: "We are delighted that we have agreed a deal to distribute Sharpe's Challenge . We feel this has all the ingredients to be a major international hit and we are thrilled to be taking Sharpe to the global market."
Producers Muir Sutherland and Malcolm Craddock, added: "We are excited to be making a new Sharpe production on location in India and are delighted that it will be shown in the UK on ITV1 and in the USA on BBC America. We also look forward to working closely with BBC Worldwide and 2|entertain in maximising Sharpe's international value."
Written by Russell Lewis and produced by Malcolm Craddock and Muir Sutherland, Sharpe's Challenge sees Sean Bean reprising his role as the swashbuckling hero.
A year after Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. The fate of an Empire and the life of a General's daughter lie in one man's hands.
Sharpe's Challenge will broadcast on ITV1 next year and is a Celtic Films Entertainment / Picture Palace Films / BBC America Co-production / In association with Azure Films.
2|entertain Limited is a joint-venture company combining the former video and music publishing and TV/video production businesses of the Woolworths Group subsidiary, VCI plc, with the video publishing business of BBC Worldwide.