Sean's Razor Sharpe (feature)
The People (London, England); 4/30/2006
Byline: BUSHELL ON
HUZZAH! Sharpe is back, swashing and buckling for King and country.
One year after Waterloo, our surly rifleman, below, was summoned out of retirement by Wellington himself. "Damn it, Sharpe," the Iron Duke snapped. "No one else will do."
Sharpe's Challenge was to 1) Crush a revolt in India, led by upstart maharaja Khande Rao. 2) Rescue a dishy damsel in distress. 3) Save the Empire. Of course, it was a case of: Khande? Can do!
Top rogue was Colonel William Dodd, a sneering renegade, usual chinless blunders stood in Richard's way, the sort who are listed in Who's Who without ever knowing what's what.
"He don't know his place, do yer, Sharpe?" scoffed one old duffer.
"Maybe not, but I know how to stand before a French column," Sharpe shot back. "I know how to face fire without soiling me britches and turning tail." Hear! Hear!
Cue a Boy's Own saga, with action aplenty, heaving bosoms, and Padma Lakshmi in the coveted Liz Hurley eye candy role.
Mission Implausible? Maybe, but great escapism, and what a relief to find at least one English hero on St George's Day TV.
IT'S the 200th anniversary of Waterloo in 2015. Let's hope TV marks it properly. If it wasn't for our brave lads, we'd be ruled by Europeans now and measuring everything in metres.whoops!
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