ITVSean Bean has revealed he hopes his historical ITV drama Sharpe returns for future instalments.

The actor played Richard Sharpe in the Central Television drama series based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell. The series originally ran on ITV between 1993 and 1997 and was originally set during the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. The actor has revealed in a recent interview that he would like film further episodes of Sharpe in the future but admits the recession makes the drama’s return unlikely.

“I’d like to think there will be more…..But we have been through so many wars in that series, and perhaps the Battle of Waterloo was the last major battle in that time… But we did go to India, which was fun, and we may be doing another one where I look for my long-lost daughter…..I think it’s just the expense of things, especially in England right now with the recession and people cutting back on things. Sharpe is quite a big production, when you think of television… British television, anyway.” – Sean Bean speaking to Zap2It

Sharpe was revived by ITV in 2006 in a co-production deal with BBC America with Sharpe’s Challenge airing in 2006 followed by Sharpe’s Peril in 2008.

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