Sharpe’s Challenge is the 15th Sharpe drama. The only
cast and crew to have worked on all 15 films are stars Sean
Bean and Daragh O’Malley, director Tom Clegg, producers
Malcolm Craddock and Muir Sutherland, military advisor Richard
Rutherford-More and the Russian stunt men.
more than 4,000 extras were used during filming. There were
more than 300 production crew. Up to 800 people were on
call each day.
more than 15,000 servings of curry were eaten during filming.
elephants, camels, donkeys, oxen, goats and horses were
used in the films - all the horses used were supplied and
trained by the Jaipur Polo Club.
the crew supplied 25 practical muskets, 40 non-practical
muskets, 110 wooden prop muskets (for background artists),
40 Indian swords, four French swords, two baker rifles,
various pistols and six working canons.
locations included the Jaigarh Fort, Meherangah Fort, Samode
Desert, Samode Palace and Chomu palace. Some of these national
treasures were partially closed to tourists during filming.
more than 90 construction workers, sourced from Mumbai,
worked to build sets for more than two months. They worked
without any power tools.
there were six full time tailors on set and most of the
700 costumes were made on location in India. 420 metres
of silk were used to make the Pindari bandit uniforms, and
840 metres of cotton was needed to create uniforms for the
East Indian Company Army.