"Sharpe" Cut: The Inside Story of the Creation of a Major Television Series

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This work presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Sharpe's Challenge", a major film for television starring Sean Bean. The Sharpe television series is a high point of British television drama. Led by the charismatic Sean Bean playing the redoubtable hero Richard Sharpe, the films brilliantly echo and enhance the remarkable strengths of the bestselling novels by Bernard Cornwell. Fourteen films have already aired and now two new films are being released. The series has achieved 14 million viewing figures, with additional and ongoing sales in video and DVD. "Sharpe Cut" is a unique book. It is the book of the creation of a television drama from start to finish; the first of its kind. Linda Blandford spent the entire six months of the filming of "Sharpe's Challenge" with the cast, crew and producers. She has created a brilliant, vivid account, full of scene and story, high drama, near disaster and comedy. "Sharpe Cut" gives the reader all the inside touches of what life on a film set is really like. From the producers to the stuntmen, from the chefs to the martial organisers, from the production designers to the costume designers and the make-up artists; they are all here. And so of course are the actors, famous and unknown, bringing all the work to life. Living together for months on end, they become a family of a sort and yet are torn apart at the completion of each film. "Sharpe Cut" is a brilliant evocation of the life and work of creating a major television drama, with a narrative as compelling as a thriller. It is an intimate and compelling peak behind the director's chair, into a world the audience can normally only guess at.

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Linda Blandford is a journalist, author, and lecturer in media studies. She lives in London and Scotland.

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